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Champions inducted into Lyon College Athletic Hall of Fame

On Saturday, November 19, current and former coaches, athletic staff and student-athletes gathered in Edwards Commons for the College’s annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  

Each year, the Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee selects a small group of exemplary past athletes and staff to induct into the Hall of Fame. The committee chooses candidates based on their athletic achievement and their demonstrated interest, service and support of Lyon and its athletic programs, as well as their own community since leaving the College.

This year’s honorees included Adriane (Barnett) Duke, ’05, Clint Reed, ’99, Jose Rivas, ’06 and Robbie Holmes.

Duke graduated magna cum laude from Lyon in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in biology. She was a member of the women’s golf team and a conference medalist each of her four years at Lyon. During her time at Lyon, she earned NAIA All-American honors as a freshman and was a Region XI Tournament medalist her senior year. After graduation, she went on to play in the Ladies Professional Golf Association Duramed Futures Tour from 2006-08. She currently serves as a math teacher at Annie Camp Junior High School in Jonesboro, Ark.

Reed graduated from Lyon in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in history. A member of Kevin Jenkins’ first basketball team, he helped Lyon to double-digit wins in his junior and senior year and served as team captain for two seasons. He was Lyon’s first All-TranSouth Athletic Conference player and is still ranked today as among the best in many statistical categories with the program. For the past seven years, he has served as a partner at Impact Management Group, a public affairs firm with offices in Little Rock, Ark., and Baton Rouge, La.

Rivas graduated from Lyon in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration. He was a member of the Lyon men’s baseball team for two years and helped the Scots to their best two seasons in the program’s history. He was an NAIA First-Team All-American in 2004 and earned Second-Team All-American honors in 2005. To this day, he holds Lyon’s longest hitting streak mark, boasting hits in 26 consecutive games in 2005, and remains at the top of the Lyon baseball records book in four separate categories. He currently resides in Ensenafa, Mexico.

Before retiring earlier this year, Holmes, former Lyon College assistant baseball coach, was a vital part of the baseball program’s success. After Kirk Kelley hired him in 1994—a year after Lyon reinstated the baseball program—Holmes helped the Scots to 20-win seasons 21 times, 30-win seasons 13 times and 40-win seasons 5 times. During his 22-year tenure, the Scots had an overall record of 722-566. He helped the Scots to 3 second-place finishes in the American Midwest Conference, along with a third-place and 3 fourth-place finishes in the TranSouth Athletic Conference.

Posted by Alexandra Patrono-Smith at 4:22 PM