Hoosier Head Coach Mick Lyon Honored by Evansville
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Bloomington, Ind. - The University of Evansville announced its Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2003 on Sunday, Jan. 5. This is the 31st year for the UE Athletics Hall of Fame, which includes 172 persons. The 03 class includes current Hoosier head coach Mick Lyon.
I feel honored to receive such a distinction from Evansville, said Lyon. I am proud of my accomplishments as both a player and coach and I am grateful to be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
In the summer of 2002, Lyon left UE to take over the Indiana womens soccer program. In his first year at the helm for the Hoosiers, he led them to a 10-7-2 record and its first postseason appearance since 1998.
A native of Boston, England, he played for Englands National Under-18 Schoolboy Team in the early 80s before enrolling at the University of Evansville, where he played three seasons for the Aces, becoming the first three-time Most Valuable Player at Evansville in 1985, 86 and 87. In 1987 he earned Midwestern Collegiate Conference Player of the Year honors as well as garnering All-America honors that same season. He played on UEs 85 and 86 teams that earned national number one rankings, ultimately earning his B.S. in Education from Evansville. Lyon is currently working on earning his M.S. in public administration.
Lyon headed to the coaching ranks following his career as a collegiate standout, becoming an assistant coach for UEs mens team under head coach Fred Schmalz from 1991 to 1993. In 1993 Lyon became the first womens soccer head coach in the history of the Aces.
In the first year of the program the team finished with a 5-10-3 record but followed up with an 11-6-4 performance in 1994. In what is regarded as UEs breakthrough year, 1996 saw the Aces finish with an admirable 16-4-1 record and the first of six straight conference championships. Lyon earned Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year honors that season, an accomplishment he would repeat in 1997 and 2000. In 1998 he coached the team to its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance and headed to the tournament again in 1999 and 2001.
In addition to his duties as coach of a solid collegiate team, Lyon is also instrumental in encouraging girls and womens soccer in his community. In 1992 he established a local soccer club the Evansville United Soccer Club comprising over 150 girls and nine teams. Over the years, the Evansville United club developed and changed, ultimately resulting in a merge with the Evansville Blitz in 2001. The Blitz are a boys and girls club constituting 30 teams and approximately 4,000 players. Since the merge, Lyon served as director of the program, where his duties included working as a consultant for the hiring of coaches and overseeing the clubs youth development program.
Lyon remains involved in the Olympic Development Program summer camp where he serves as a Region II staff coach. Region II comprises the largest area geographically, including most of the Midwest. Additionally, he has served as an ODP regional age group coach for eight years. Lyon holds a United States Soccer Federation "A" coaching license and is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. In May, 2002 he was named one of the NSCAAs Top 50 Most Winningest Head Coaches at the Division I level.
Lyon and his wife, Elizabeth, have been married 14 years and Elizabeth is the associate director of admissions at Evansville.