Induction Year: 1993
Location: Bay Shore
Clifton “Cliff” LaPlatney was born in 1905 in Gouverneur, New York and later moved to Canton, New York. There, he attended high school and participated in football, track, baseball, and basketball.
In 1921, Cliff won the Northern New York State two mile championship. The next year, he won the one mile title in the same event and named All Northern New York State Center in football.
He later attended St. Lawrence University where he received varsity letters in track, wrestling, football, and lacrosse.
After graduating, LaPlatney became a teacher in chemistry, earth science, and physics at Bay Shore High School. He also established a wresting team which he coached for six years, and a track team which he coached for 15 years.
In his 28 year coaching career in football, LaPlatney had a record of 130-64-16 with four undefeated seasons.
After completing 50 years of teaching, LaPlatney retired in 1977. Throughout his teaching career, he was known as an outstanding teacher and was dedicated to his students.