ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES-2016
Mr. Lance Chaffee –
Lance is a 1969 graduate of Portville Central School. While a student at PCS, he participated in Football for 4 years, Basketball for 3 years, Track & Field for 4 years, and Baseball for 1 year. He was also a member of band and the National Honor Society. Lance’s honors in high school include being selected to the first team Big 30 football team on offense; first team league all-star his senior year in football; MVP of homecoming football game in 1967; second team league all-star in basketball his junior year and first team league all-star his senior year; obtaining school track records in triple jump, hurdles, and the medley relay; recipient of the Dutch Griffin Memorial Award as the most outstanding football player of the year, and the Jim Sprague Memorial Award as outstanding basketball player of the year. He ultimately received a full athletic scholarship to Louisiana State University to play football, and caught a pass for a touchdown during the 1971 Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, against a tough Nebraska team!
Lance’s accomplishments following high school and LSU include obtaining his Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Buffalo and becoming director of the Olean Public Library, a position he currently holds. His hobbies have included playing in the Old Timers Basketball league in the 80’s, and running marathons in the 90’s. He placed first in the Buffalo Marathon Relay Team Masters Division in 1995 with his brother and co-hall of fame inductee, Lee Chaffee; first place overall at the Chautauqua Institute marathon in 1990; and first place overall YMCA summer run series in 1996. He is a member and President of the Kiwanis Club of Olean and has received the distinguished Kiwanian award twice.
Lance has coached swimming and rec soccer and was a swim official, board member, and President of the Enchanted Mountain Aquatic Club from 1992-2000.
Lance states that “growing up in Portville and being afforded the opportunity to play sports at Portville Central School was an experience beyond compare. The community and school were so supportive of all the sports teams, and the coaches were genuinely interested in developing their players’ skills, character, and leadership abilities. Many life lessons were learned in developing relationships and building the necessary teamwork required to be successful in sports, and in life.”
Lance and his wife, Brenda, reside in Allegany. They have two grown children, Logan Quist-Chaffee and Lindsay Horn.
Dr. Lee Chaffee –
Lee is a 1966 graduate of Portville Central School. While a student athlete at PCS, he was a member of the football team for 4 years, track and field for 4 years, basketball team for 2 years, and the cross country team for 2 years. He was co-captain of the football team for several years, an Alle-Catt League football all-star in 1965, co-captain of the basketball team, WNY State Outstanding Scholar Athlete, and record holder in the high jump, discus, shot put, and medley relay. He received the Billy Kelly Award and the Cattaraugus County Basketball Officials Scholarship. Lee was also class valedictorian in 1966, a member of the National Honor Society, and vice president of the student council.
Lee attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, graduating summa cum laude in 1971. While at Dartmouth, Lee participated and lettered in football, wrestling and track. Following graduation from college, Lee lived in Israel where he served as the chief physical therapist for the Israeli National & Olympic Swim Team. He placed third in the 1974 Israeli National Cross Country Championships, and second in 1984. In 1987 Lee received his Master’s degree in Human Movement from Boston University. He continued to run in marathons, having placed first in the Senior Men’s Buffalo Marathon relay team with his brother, Lance. He also placed 3 rd in the Senior Men’s 10K race in the Empire State Games in 1990. Lee’s other interests include Martial Arts, where he received Outstanding Competitor of the Year in South Carolina in 2005. In 2010, Lee obtained his doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah.
Lee and his wife, Smadar, reside in Galax, Virginia, and have 3 grown children, Amit, Matan, and Ben.
Lee coached as an assistant for Portville in football, track and swimming during the 1970’s and volunteered with the track team from 1987-1991. He states that he was privileged to work with coaching legends, Bob Connell and Ray DeLand, in addition to Wayne Barton, Denny Dorman and Gary Swetland. Congratulations, Lee!
Mr. Brian Miller –
Brian graduated from Portville Central School in 1993. While a student athlete at PCS, Brian played football for 4 years, basketball for 4 years, and track and field for 4 years. He was a 3 time competitor in the New York State Track & Field meet in the pentathlon. He is a Portville school record holder in the 400 meter, the 110 high hurdles, the pentathlon, and the 1600 meter relay. In 1992, Brian was selected as a member of the Division VIII All-Star Football Team as a kicker, defensive back, and end; the Big 30 Football team as defensive back and kicker; First-Team All-Western New York All-Star Football Team as kicker; and the Olean Times Herald All-Star football team for defense. In 1993, Brian was selected for the Big 30 Independent All-Star Basketball team; the Expressway All-Star 2 nd Basketball Team; and placed 10th in the Pentathlon at the Nike National Scholastic Indoor Track and Field Championships.
While in high school, Brian also was a member of the student council, was a participant in Boys State, received the 65-66 Football Club Sportsmanship Award, completed 8 consecutive field goals (2 short of the state record); received the Kane Invitational Outstanding Male Athlete Award, the PCS Mr. Defense Award in basketball, and is currently 9 th overall in scoring in PCS basketball.
Following high school graduation, Brian attended Baldwin Wallace College in Ohio. He lettered in football, Indoor Track & Field, and Outdoor Track & Field. He also competed 7 times in the Division III National Track Meet, when was a 2 time All-American Decathlete. He received 22 all-conference awards for track and field from the Ohio Athletic Conference, and was a 3-time recipient of the “Sparky Adams Most Valuable Male Athlete” award for Track & Field.
Brian says he is most proud of just being the son of Kurt and Caroline Miller, brother to Bob and Brent Miller, husband to wife, Rochele, and father of three beautiful daughters, Madison, Jillian, and Delaney. He and his family reside in Hinckley, Ohio, where he is the principal at Willetts Middle School in Brunswick, Ohio. Congratulations, Brian!
Mr. Brian Decker –
Brian graduated from Portville Central School in 1992. While a student athlete at PCS, Brian participated in Football for 4 years, Basketball for 4 years, Track & Field for 2 years, and Baseball for 2 years. He was named the Cattaraugus County Male Athlete of the Year in 1992, participated in the Big 30 Classic football game, set school records in the high jump, 1600 meter relay, and the pentathlon. He went to States 2 times in pentathlon and the high jump, and is the 8 th all-time leading scorer for the boys’ basketball team. Brian was also a member of the National Honor Society.
Following high school, Brian attended Edinboro University, where he was an All-American football player and all-American track & field star. He was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the year while at Edinboro and was inducted into the Edinboro Hall of Fame in 2011.
Brian states that his success at PCS and beyond can be attributed to a work ethic that was learned in the gym, the weight room, and the athletic fields of Portville Central School. He was surrounded by 5:00 a.m. workout partners, hard-working team mates, and dedicated and committed coaches. He further states that without the friendship and drive of fellow Hall of Fame Inductee, Brian Miller, he could never have achieved the success that he did. Most importantly, he states, was having the privilege of chasing his older brother around, teaching him to compete. Thank you, Aaron Decker!
Brian’s accomplishment that he is most proud of is being husband to his beautiful wife, Kelly, and father to their two young sons, DJ and Rhett! Brian and his family reside in New Albany, Ohio, where he is Director of Sales at The Hartford. Congratulations, Brian!
Dr. Meredith (Yates) Boulay, DVM –
Meredith Yates Boulay graduated from Portville Central School in 1997. While a student athlete at PCS, she participated in volleyball for 5 years, basketball for 4 years, track & field for 6 years, and also played club volleyball in the off season.
Meredith set records in both shot put and discus, scored the most points in a girls’ basketball game, was named as Cattaraugus County MVP in volleyball in 1995 and 1996, competed and placed 4 th in shot put at the 1997 NYSPHS Class C Championships, and was named the Cattaraugus County Exceptional Senior Basketball player in 1997. In addition to athletics, Meredith excelled in the classroom, serving as class valedictorian, National Merit Scholar, and as the Big 30 Academic Top Female Scholar. Additionally, she was name to All-State Band, was the Davies-Foy Big 30 Female Scholar Athlete, and was named as the Outstanding Field Events athlete in Cattaraugus County Class C & D.
After graduation from high school, Meredith attending Syracuse University, where she was a member of the crew team, and received her Bachelor’s degree, graduating in 2001 summa cum laude as a Remembrance Scholar and a Syracuse University Scholar. She then attended the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine where she was a member of the intramural volleyball team, having graduated in 2005 as salutatorian. She is very proud to be a veterinarian and finds real meaning in helping both her patients and her clients.
Meredith states that for six years, she rotated through sports seasons…from volleyball to basketball to track, and so on in a way that completely superseded any monthly calendar…and while she loved them all, volleyball was her passion. She hopes that her main contribution to PCS athletics was to be an example of that oft-referenced “well-rounded” type. She hopes that people saw her working hard at each of her respective practices and contests. Meredith believes that PCS athletics taught and gave her more than she could possibly ever hope to return.