Lyons Appointed Full-time
Ohio Valley University President Dr. E. Keith Stotts has announced that interim athletic director Larry Lyons has agreed to serve as the director of intercollegiate athletics “as long as he is needed.”
“We ceased to think of Coach Lyons as an interim director some time ago and truly appreciate the job he has been doing,” Stotts said.
Lyons has served as the head coach of the Fighting Scots Men’s Golf Team since 2003 and has also coached the women’s golf program since its inception in 2004.
Lyons is the reigning West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Coach of the Year and could repeat that title with his team having won all three conference events during the 2009 fall season, including the WVIAC championship in mid-October. His women’s teams have been very successful as well, having won a number of conference regional championships in recent years.
Lyons will reluctantly let loose of the reins of the two golf programs in order to commit more time to his duties as athletic director. Seth Miller, 2004 OVU alumnus, will coach the men’s team as the spring 2010 season kicks off in early March. Miller was a member of the 2003 WVIAC championship team. Lyons also believes he has secured a coach for the women’s program for spring 2010.
“Coaching these golf programs has been a significant part of my life for quite awhile now,” Lyons reflected. “I am excited about the potential for both teams as I transition to my role as full-time athletic director.”
“It is imperative that our intercollegiate programs should receive the undivided attention of a full-time director,” Stotts added. “With the addition of wrestling and lacrosse and the continuing challenge of student-athlete recruiting for each of our sports, the university must successfully build and maintain its intercollegiate athletic programs. Coach Lyons is definitely the man for the job!”
“I appreciate President Stotts’ support as we move forward with athletics management at OVU,” Lyons noted.
“I have great confidence in our coaches and have no doubt that our intercollegiate athletic programs will become an even greater blessing to the university and its mission of transforming lives in years to come.”