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Lyon College to Expand Club Sports and Athletics Programs

Lyon College President Dr. W. Joseph King has announced the addition of four new club programs and two new varsity sports beginning in Fall 2018. Besides helping with the recruitment of new students, addition of the new programs will increase athletic and co-curricular opportunities for those who attend the institution. “Lyon College is committed to our students, and the programs that we are expanding have already been part of the culture here but are now receiving the support they have earned,” said President King.

The club teams on campus next fall will include disc golf, mountain and road cycling, archery and trap. Students have played disc golf at Lyon since 2008 when an 18-hole disc golf course was installed on campus, but this will be the first time the institution has had an official club team for the sport. Under the direction of Austin Smith, assistant director of outdoor recreation and education at Lyon, the Scots will compete for a chance to participate in the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships that are held every spring in North Augusta, South Carolina. 

Darrell Shaw, director of outdoor recreation and education, will head the new mountain and road cycling club program, which will compete as part of the integrated division of USA Cycling. Those who join the new mountain and road cycling club program will train on campus on the Lyon College Bluff Trail.

The new archery club team will compete as part of the USA Archery’s Collegiate Archery Program. The program is designed to develop a participant’s skillset and capability to compete in a variety of events at the local, regional and national levels. Lyon’s recommitment to the trap team will build off of the success of its current shooting club, which has won awards at the Academics, Integrity and Marksmanship National Championships three years in a row, including a Junior Gold-Class B Level Trapshooting Championship in 2016. 

“Lyon is always looking for new ways to increase student involvement,” said Lyon College Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students Dr. Patrick Mulick. “These club sports fit well with the interests of our students and provide unique scholarship opportunities. We are excited to watch how these programs grow and develop.”

Lyon College has had a cheerleading team since the 2013-14 school year, but in Fall 2018, the program will expand to include a dance team and will compete at the varsity level. The NAIA is the only collegiate athletics association to offer a national championship in these sports, and Lyon will be the only college in the state to offer NAIA competitive cheer and dance.

Track and field will return to the Lyon College campus after having been disbanded in the early 1990s. At its height, Lyon’s track and field team was known for its top-notch quality, garnering three first-place finishes in AIC track and field. Lyon College Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach Adam Trausch will head the new track and field programs.

“The reinstatement of men’s and women’s track and field and the addition of cheer and dance affords Lyon College the opportunity to provide a first-class education along with opportunities for prospective students to participate in varsity athletics,” said Lyon College Director of Athletics Kevin Jenkins. “The sports are also a great way to create growth at the college.”

Interested students should reach out to the head coach of the respective sport for more information. Lyon has already begun its search for a cheer and dance coach and an archery and trap coach for the 2018-19 school year.