Don Roth March 7, 1940 – February 28, 2021
Don Roth, a former teacher, coach, and Lynbrook resident sadly passed away at the age of 80 years old on February 28. Mr. Don Roth grew up in Lynbrook, attended Lynbrook HS, went on to study at Wake Forest University, came home to work at LHS for over 30 years while, coaching baseball and basketball, and raised his family here. Mr. Roth and Lynbrook are synonymous with each other. He touched the lives of hundreds of students, athletes, and educators as a teacher and coach in this district. He was a mentor to many young coaches and players who taught valuable lessons and offered up a multitude of life experiences. Upon his retirement, Mr. Roth continued to be seen at most Lynbrook events including basketball games, football games, wrestling matches, board of education meetings, and of course all baseball games. He continued to be an integral part of the fabric of our community. His presence made all coaches and players feel comfortable and warm. He was a true Lynbrook Owl in every sense of the phrase. His coaching career as well as his teaching career spanned well over three decades. He amassed well over 350 wins in Nassau County Baseball and chaired the prestigious Diamond Award Committee for many years and served as the president of the Nassau County Baseball Coaches’ Association in 1981. Our Diamond Club offers scholarships in his name to deserving players that exemplify team spirit, passion, and sportsmanship. Mr. Don Roth loved this town, this school district, and more importantly the people living in it. And the people certainly loved him back.
Mr. Roth leaves behind a grand legacy for all, especially residents of the Lynbrook community. As a teacher and coach, he taught his students and players to be passionate about the game and life, sportsmanship, the value of hard work and education, and above all else, love for each other. The Lynbrook community will continue to practice the lessons learned from Mr. Roth. He was an icon and was a true gentleman. RIP Mr. Roth. You will certainly be missed. We will always carry on the Owls’ spirit that you had in your honor.
From Coach Al Marrazzo