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)