Roy Lester
American football player and coach
Roy Lester
E. Roy Lester is an American former college and high school football coach. After a successful career at the high school level, he served as the head coach of the University of Maryland football team from 1969 to 1971. Lester was the school's fourth head coach in five years, and compiled a 7–25 record during his tenure. He was fired after the 1971 season when Maryland finished at the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference for the second consecutive year.
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SEALS or Ninjas? 6-Year-Old Boy's Letter Gets Admiral's Response
ABC News - over 3 years
It's a question Walker Greentree, 6, just couldn't get out of his head.     
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Boy's Letter: 'Grown-Ups Killed My Kitty'
abc News - over 4 years
Utah boy writes letter to editor about euthanized cat after shelter worker fails to leave note
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Week in Review: Hunter's Hope, Tower Tussle, Barrett Censure
Darien Patch - almost 5 years
8-Year-Old Boy's Letter Sparks Bike Safety Day at Concord Hunter Long knows that he and Hunter Himes, injured in a late February accident, share more than a name: They also share strength. Council Approves Zoning Variations for Microwave Tower by 6-1 Vote A lengthy debate about the tower's potential impact on neighboring residents preceded the vote. Censure of Dianne Barrett Approved by D86 Board Board President Dennis Brennan said there is no punishment attached to the censure; it simply announces that the board disagrees with the actions of Barrett when she accused board members of bond fraud in February. Eisenhower Jr. High Band Continues Tradition of Excellence The band took home five awards last weekend at the Music in the Parks Festival in Branson, MO. West Suburban Magazine Says Darien is Not the Nicest Place to Live But we here at Darien Patch beg to differ.
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8-Year-Old Boy's Letter Sparks Bike Safety Day at Concord
Darien Patch - almost 5 years
Eight-year-old Hunter Long has never met the boy he calls “Big Hunter.” Big Hunter is Hunter Himes, the 14-year-old Lakeview Junior High student who was hit by a car in February while riding his bike. Hunter Long, however, says they share more in common than just a name. “All the Hunters in the world would be broken if one of the Hunters were hurt,” Hunter said. “They really want to do something for him because they feel really bad for him.” With the help of his mom, Ginny Long, Hunter came up with the idea of Hope for Hunter Day at Concord Elementary School. “We feel this little mission: Let’s be Hunter’s heroes,” Long said. On May 22, Darien Police Officer Nick Skweres will spend the day in Concord’s gym classes, making sure the kids’ bike helmets fit while giving them summer safety lessons. The Longs will also sell Hunter’s Hope wristbands for $2 each, with all the proceeds going to benefit the Himes family. At the end of the day, there will be a raffle featurin ...
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Crews Clear Collapsed Ceiling at Long Beach High School
Long Beach Patch - almost 5 years
Construction crews worked overnight Friday to secure a ceiling that collapsed at Long Beach High School earlier in the day. Peter Wilk, a spokesman from the Brooklyn-based Wilk Marketing Communications, a public relations firm working with a renovation and construction team at LBHS, said in a statement early Saturday morning that crews were working overnight to secure and remove an extended area of suspended stucco ceiling that collapsed inside the ground-floor's east parking area, under the second story of the high school, at 322 Lagoon Drive West in Lido Beach, at about 5:10 p.m. Friday, according to Nassau County Police Department. The police department’s Emergency Services Unit and Canine Unit and Point Lookout-Lido Fire Department firefighters responded to the scene Friday afternoon and reported no injuries at the school, which was closed for spring recess. But Wilks said that earlier Friday crews from the Wantagh-based Gramercy Wrecking & Environmental Contractors ...
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Former lifeguard says he was fired for not donning a Speedo - USA Today
Google News - over 5 years
The story was from CBS New York, and it quotes Roy Lester -- now 61 -- as saying he was a lifeguard at Jones Beach for 40 years until he was fired in 2007. He says he was let go because he would not put on a Speedo for the test
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Reg Wydeven column: Baggy suit not preference for older lifeguard - Appleton Post Crescent
Google News - over 5 years
Apparently Roy Lester of Long Beach, NY, shares my modesty in swimwear. Unfortunately, his bashfulness cost him his job. In 2007, Lester was a 57-year-old lifeguard for Jones Beach on Long Island. That year he was required to complete an annual re-hire
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Lifeguard blows the whistle over skimpy trunks - The National
Google News - over 5 years
After 40 years of devoted service, New York's Roy Lester no doubt expected a little support at work. But when the 61-year-old lifeguard refused to wear skimpy swim trunks for his annual swim test - he wanted to take the test in biking shorts instead
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Outrage: Lifeguard, 61, Fired For Refusing to Wear A Speedo - Student Operated Press
Google News - over 5 years
"Roy Lester a former lifeguard at Jones Beach was relieved of his duties for refusing to wear a Speedo for his annual swim test. He is suing the state for age discrimination. Back in 2007, he originally filed the suit,
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Lawyer Who Moonlights as a Lifeguard Claims Speedos Requirement Is Age Bias - ABA Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Roy Lester is 61 years old, and he dislikes Speedos—the only tight-fitting swimwear allowed in the lifeguard test at Jones Beach State Park. “There should be a law prohibiting anyone over the age of 50 from wearing a Speedo,” he told the New York
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Candidates deserve congratulations - The Republic
Google News - over 5 years
The man, Roy Lester, wanted to take the swimming test in biking shorts instead of tiny trunks. Lester contends that the swim-trunk requirement was designed to weed out older lifeguards, and he filed a lawsuit against the state parks department in 2009
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Forcing us into budgie smugglers is a crime - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
But this week, Roy Lester, a 57-year-old lifesaver from Long Island, uttered a truth so universal that it can only be a matter of time before Joey Barton, the footballing philosophy fan, quotes him on Twitter. This is what Mr Lester said: “There should
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Free overhaul for town council website - Hertfordshire Mercury
Google News - over 5 years
Committee chairman Cllr Roy Lester (Con, Christchurch) agreed if it incurred no cost. Cllr John Wing (Lib Dem, Trinity) said: "I have no objection as long as we don't introduce lots of moving images and font types. As someone with an eye defect I find
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ALHAGIE MOMODOU NJIE, BIRI BIRI HONORED IN GRAND STYLE - Foroyaa online
Google News - over 5 years
By Publisher on 06-06-11 (57 reads) News by the same author If the ceremony honoring Biri that took place last Sunday at the Roy Lester Stadium in the Maryland suburb of Rockville is anything to go by; then the Gambian American Association under the
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Real Maryland rally with three goals in three minutes for 3-3 draw at home - Potomac Soccer Wire
Google News - over 5 years
The Monarchs return to action on Wednesday, June 8, on the road versus the Northern Virginia Royals before returning home next Saturday, June 11, to host the Virginia Beach Piranhas at Roy Lester Stadium on the campus of Richard Montgomery High School
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Northern Utah trainer inducted into IRHA Hall of Fame - StandardNet
Google News - over 5 years
He packs horses, which he learned from his friend Roy Lester, and does guided hunting and fishing trips. He also drives horses in parades and special events. He also has trained many trick horses and dogs for movies and commercials
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Roy Lester
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2008
    Age 85
    As of 2008, Lester resided in Gaithersburg, Maryland and had four children – three sons and a daughter.
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    Lester attended West Virginia University where he was a three-sport athlete and earned letters in football, baseball, and basketball. He was inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
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  • 2002
    Age 79
    In 2002, Richard Montgomery High School renamed its athletic field Roy Lester Stadium in his honor.
    More Details Hide Details In 2008, the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame inducted Lester as a member of its 18th class.
  • 1996
    Age 73
    In 1996, the Maryland Football Coaches Association inducted Lester into its Hall of Fame.
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  • 1989
    Age 66
    Magruder did not win the Class B state championship in 1984.) In 1989, he earned his 200th win as a high school coach when Magruder defeated Einstein, 24–0, to bring his interscholastic record to 200–61.
    More Details Hide Details Lester finished his tenure with a 107–47 record at Magruder.Upon the conclusion of his coaching career, he had won 260 games at Montgomery County schools.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1979
    Age 56
    From 1979 to 1993, Lester served as head coach at Magruder High School in Rockville, Maryland. In 1984, Lester led Magruder to capture the Class B state championship, and repeated the feat with the Class A state championship in 1986. (This is wrong.
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  • 1975
    Age 52
    If they want to quit, fine."In 1975, he led Paint Branch to the Class B state championship.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1972
    Age 49
    In 1972, Lester returned to the interscholastic ranks as a head coach at Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, Maryland, which awarded him a ten-year contract.
    More Details Hide Details It was Paint Branch's third year of varsity football, and their first two campaigns had ended with 3–7 records. About the move, Lester said, "I spent too long treating college players nice and making sure they were happy... I don't have to do that now. I can coach here.
  • 1971
    Age 48
    Maryland closed the season with losses to Penn State, Clemson, and Virginia to again finish with a 2–9 record.Lester was fired at the conclusion of the 1971 season.
    More Details Hide Details Athletic director Jim Kehoe cited Maryland's worst record in the ACC for two consecutive years and stated his goal of making Maryland a "nationally ranked caliber" team. Kehoe also said, "financial factors are a serious consideration," and that home game attendance had fallen to its lowest point, which threatened the financial well-being of the athletic department. Lester was replaced by Jerry Claiborne, who later went on to considerable success in the position. In September 1973, Maryland All-American guard Paul Vellano, then playing under Claiborne, said of the past coaches' difficulties: "A lot of the kids said that Ward was a good coach but that he had a lot of bad apples. Lester was a high school coach and nobody had ever heard of him. I can't understand it. We had nine freshman who were All-Americans my first year here under Lester. Maybe if they had let him stay he could have done the job.
    In 1971, some observers considered Maryland, which returned 37 lettermen, to be the dark horse in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
    More Details Hide Details Lester said he expected a winning season and that "a lot of people may be surprised." However, the Terrapins dropped the season opener to underdog Villanova once again, 28–13. Star-News called it the most stunning of five upsets in the ACC teams' opening weekend, rating it ahead of NC State's loss to Kent State, Virginia's loss to Navy, South Carolina's win against Georgia Tech, and Duke's win against Florida.Maryland won the following week against NC State, but then dropped five straight before beating the Virginia Military Institute on Homecoming.
  • 1969
    Age 46
    In 1969, Lester was hired as Maryland's fourth head coach in five years.
    More Details Hide Details His embattled predecessor, Bob Ward, had been forced out in the face of a player rebellion and a combined 2–17 record. Lester had previously twice applied for the Maryland head coach position. The Daytona Beach Morning Journal speculated that Lester's undisclosed salary probably matched that of Ward: $20,000. Lester reintroduced the split-T formation at Maryland, which Jim Tatum had used to great effect there in the 1950s. Lester's philosophy was explained by the Maryland sports information director Jack Zane: "the pass should open up the defense for the running game."In the sixth game of his first season, Maryland's starting quarterback, junior Dennis O'Hara, was injured in a loss at South Carolina, and was replaced by sophomore Jeff Shugars. In the season's penultimate game, Maryland lost to Penn State, 48–0. Penn State halfback Lydell Mitchell had been recruited by Lester and originally intended to go to Maryland before he opted for Penn State instead. Lester was bothered by a similar situation with fullback Franco Harris, whose high school coach was a friend of Lester's. Lester attributed Maryland's football woes to the turnover at head coach and lack of depth because of recruitment shortcomings. Maryland won the finale against Virginia to finish the season with a 3–7 record.
  • 1968
    Age 45
    At the end of his stint at Richard Montgomery in 1968, he held a 25-game winning streak, and his 1968 team was ranked third in the nation.
    More Details Hide Details Future NFL linebacker Mike Curtis was among the players under Lester at Richard Montgomery.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1959
    Age 36
    Lester served the head football coach at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland from 1959 to 1968.
    More Details Hide Details During his tenure, Richard Montgomery compiled an 86–10–1 record, which included six undefeated seasons.R. Montgomery To Honor Lester, The Washington Post, September 20, 2002. In a time before Maryland hosted high school football playoffs, Lester's teams were considered some of the best in the state.
  • 1956
    Age 33
    From 1956 to 1958, Lester served under Tommy Mont as the University of Maryland's ends coach and freshman team coach for three seasons.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1950
    Age 27
    In 1950, Lester began his coaching career at Walton High School in Walton, West Virginia from 1950 to 1951.
    More Details Hide Details The following season, he moved on to Allegany High School in Cumberland, Maryland.
  • 1947
    Age 24
    Lester grew up in Spencer, West Virginia and attended college at West Virginia University, where he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. In basketball, he played as a center and recorded 27 points in 21 games during his career.In baseball, he played as an outfielder from 1947 to 1949, and as a senior recorded 53 hits and a .339 batting average.He played college football as an end in 1948 and participated in the 1949 Sun Bowl.Lester was named to the West Virginia 1940–1949 Team.
    More Details Hide Details Record Book Supplement (PDF), 2009 West Virginia Football Media Guide, West Virginia University, 2009.He graduated in 1949 with a degree in political science.In 1949, Lester played football for the Paterson Panthers of the American Association, a farm team of the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1923
    Age 0
    Born in 1923.
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