Rob Lyon begins his first season as the Midway University Cross Country Coach with the start of the 2017-18 season. He brings a wealth of knowledge and over 25 years of coaching experience to the Midway Cross Country program.
Prior to arriving at Midway, Coach Lyon severed as the head cross country coach at Bryan Station High School in Lexington, Kentucky. While at Bryan Station, Lyon led the Defenders to some of their most successful cross country teams in their history. Prior to taking over the Defenders cross country program, only one runner had qualified for the state cross country meet in the school’s history.
Starting in 2009, Bryan Station was represented at the state meet every year with a total of 17 individuals qualifying over six years. During the last two years, Bryan Station had full team qualify with 10 of those runners earning All-Region honors and one earning All-State.
Before taking over at Bryan Station, Lyon was the head cross country and track & field coach at the University of Charleston. Lyon rebuilt the program, increasing the team’s size from four to 16, while one runner earned All-Conference honors.
Prior head coaching positions include stops at Illinois College, Defiance College, McPherson College and Transylvania University, while serving as an assistant at Malone College in Canton, Ohio, a nationally renowned cross country power.
All in all, Coach Lyon has coached seven All-Americans, 11 All-State runners, four state champions and 27 All-Conference and All-Region runners. Lyon has also had four runners qualify for the Boston Marathon.
Lyon considers his biggest accomplishment to be that four of his collegiate teams were named Academic All-American teams. His team at Illinois College was the top ranked academic team in the country.
Coach Lyon has had the privilege of learning from two Olympic coaches and five national coaches of the year. One of those is Joe Vigil, who is responsible for leading his Adams State team to the only perfect score in the history of the NCAA.
Lyon is certified by the USA Track & Field (USATF) as a Level II distance coach and lead instructor.
He currently resides in Wilmore, Ky. with his wife of nearly 25 years, Kristine. They have two children, one of whom was an All-Conference runner in college.