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MICHAEL W. “MIKE” LANTRY

Class of 1966
Football, Track & Field

One of Oxford’s most outstanding male athletes, Mike Lantry’s story is one of athleticism, courage, adversity and triumph.

As a prep star for the Wildcats, Mike played football for legendary coach Walt Braun and ran track for veteran mentor Elmer Ball. As a football star, Mike played linebacker and was a record-setting place kicker. In track, Lantry was a hurdles champion, but was most noted for his abilities as a thrower, earning the MHSAA Class ‘B’ shot put state title as a senior in 1966. Lantry’s school record throw of 60’ 7 ½” was the farthest throw among all classes in 1966 and remains the oldest standing track and field record at OHS.

Instead of taking his talents directly to the college ranks, Mike instead enlisted in the United States Army after high school, seeing combat in Vietnam as a part of the 3rd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Already a proud veteran, Lantry enrolled at the University of Michigan as a track athlete and a football walk-on in January of 1971. The 6’ 2”, 210-pound place kicker enjoyed a stellar football career starting in all 33 games played by the Wolverines from 1972 to 1974. In 1973, Lantry led the Wolverines in scoring on their way to an undefeated (10-0-1) season. In the same season, Mike was named to the Football News All-America Team. Lantry broke school records for most field goals in a career (21), points after touchdowns (113) and was the first Michigan kicker to boot a 50-yard field goal. In addition, he was named All-Big Ten Conference first team three times and was named to the All-Big Ten Conference first team academic list as a sophomore.

Lantry is still regarded as one of the finest specialists in Wolverines history and ranks third in all-time scoring (176 points). He is still the only kicker to make two field goals over 50-yards in the same game (Stanford, 1973). Mike also earned three letters as a shot-putter on the track and field team and graduated from Michigan’s School of Education with a bachelor’s degree in 1975.

Lantry played briefly in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys, but is better known as a successful businessman. He is the President of Lantry & Associates, a company that represents manufacturers in the automotive industry.

Mike currently serves as an executive board member for the “M” (letterwinners) Club and is a member of the Sarasota chapter of the University of Michigan Alumni Association. He is the father of Mike, Jr. of Sarasota, Florida and Stephanie of Los Angeles, California.

CHARTER MEMBER - INDUCTED 2010 

"Hall of Famer Mike Lantry made his mark in football & track" - Oxford Leader (August 18, 2010)

CHRISTOPHER M. LAIDLAW

Class of 1991
Football, Basketball, Baseball

Chris Laidlaw shall forever be remembered as one of Oxford’s greatest three-sport athletes of the 1990’s.

Laidlaw earned three varsity letters in basketball and baseball and earned two letters in football. During the 1990-91 school year, Chris accomplished what no other male athlete had during Oxford’s 27-year affiliation with the Flint Metro League (FML) – he earned all-FML first team honors in three different sports.

Chris immediately aided a struggling Wildcats basketball team in 1989 by tying the school record for most assists in a season (131) while averaging 10.8 points per game. As a junior, Laidlaw again topped 100 assists and averaged 19.7 points per game during FML play. In 1991, Chris set the school records for assists in a season with 140 and led Oxford to a 13-win season. He finished his basketball career as the all-time Oxford career assist leader (362) and the second all-time leading career scorer (984).

As a member of the Wildcats baseball team, Laidlaw hit .417 his junior season and had a career batting average over .350, but it was as a pitcher where he made his mark. Earning first team all-FML honors in 1990 and 1991, Chris’ two-year earned run average hovered just above 1.00 (1.05 in 1991) as he collected 10 victories on the mound.

Laidlaw caught 71 passes and totaled over 800 receiving yards in his varsity career to establish himself as one of the top wide receivers in Oxford football history. He played an instrumental role in helping the Wildcats to their first-ever MHSAA playoff run in 1989 and a trip to the MHSAA Class BB Finals in 1990.

Laidlaw attended Huron University in South Dakota where he played football and baseball for two years before transferring to Panhandle State University in Oklahoma. He would receive a bachelor’s degree from Panhandle State in 1997 and begin his football coaching career there before coaching and earning a master’s degree from North Dakota State University. Chris has also coached wide receivers at McPherson College and Wayne State University.

Laidlaw now teaches history and serves as the defensive coordinator at Cypress (TX) Christian High School in Houston where he helped lead the Warriors to the state semifinals in 2011. He resides in Spring, TX with wife Shannon and four children.

INDUCTED 2012

GERALD L. “BUD” LAIDLAW

Class of 1951
Contributor

Although Bud Laidlaw earned an impressive seven total varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball at OHS, he is most remembered as one of the greatest volunteers and youth sports leaders in Oxford’s history.

Laidlaw began his coaching career as a teenager, taking it upon himself to organize sandlot games among neighborhood children. Soon after, Oxford Midget League founder Charles Curtis invited him to coach. The team Bud inherited went winless the previous year, but finished undefeated in the first season under Laidlaw’s tutelage. Laidlaw quickly became one of the most successful and respected coaches in the organization for his fundamental approach and easy demeanor.

Today, the Oxford Midget League is known as the Oxford Recreational Baseball Association (ORBA) and has thrived, in part, due to the efforts of Bud Laidlaw. For 35 years, Laidlaw held positions as a coach, league equipment manager and president of the organization.

Bud took his passion for working with youth to the Oxford Wildcat Athletic Booster Club where he earned Life Member status. Serving several years as treasurer, Laidlaw rarely missed organizational meetings and did whatever was required to raise money for the needs of the athletic program. The selfless leader did everything from working in the concession stand to selling raffle tickets with amazing effectiveness. Laidlaw raised thousands of dollars through his extensive community relationships and his legendary sense of humor.

Although a full-time employee at General Motors for 32 years and a committed family man, Laidlaw’s volunteerism wasn’t limited to community sports. Bud was involved with the Meals on Wheels program and was a past president and lieutenant governor of the Oxford/Orion Optimist Club. In addition, Laidlaw tutored sixth and seventh grade students at Oxford Middle School. For his efforts and achievements, Bud was honored by the Oxford Chamber of Commerce with the 2000 Adult Youth Volunteer Award.

Married to the former Joan Culver for over 49 years, Laidlaw lost his battle with lung cancer in February of 2008 at the age of 74. Although he left behind six children, 17 grandchildren, two step grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, Laidlaw will forever be a shining example of servant leadership for students, coaches, boosters and community members for years to come.

CHARTER MEMBER - INDUCTED 2011

"Bud Laidlaw: Athlete, coach, booster, now Hall of Famer" - Oxford Leader (August 3, 2011)

 


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