HEAD COACH DR. DON LYLE
Dr. Don Lyle enters his 34th season as head men's soccer coach at Grove City College.
Lyle, respected as one of the top small college soccer coaches in the nation, is one of just 25 active Division III soccer coaches who have surpassed the 250-victory plateau. He owns a career winning percentage of .563 with 264 wins, 200 losses and 32 ties.
During the 2004 season, Grove City posted a 12-7-1 overall mark, including a 7-2-1 PAC record. In 2003, Lyle directed a very youthful Grove City squad to an 11-8-3 mark, the team's sixth winning season in seven years. He earned his 250th career victory Oct. 25, 2003 with a 3-0 win over Thiel.
Lyle has led the Wolverines to four post-season appearances since 1972, including a championship title in the 1996 Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament. That same year, he was voted the Presidents' Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after guiding Grove City to its winningest season in school history (16-2) and its first Presidents' Athletic Conference title.
His 1976 and 1980 squads advanced to the NCAA Championship Tournament, while his 1995 team earned the school's first ECAC playoff berth.
His teams have excelled in the classroom as well, boasting the highest number of PAC All-Academic placements for nine years in a row.
In March 2003, Lyle was named athletic director in addition to his duties as the Chairman of the Department of Physical Education and Athletics.
An East Liverpool, Ohio native, he earned his bachelor of arts degree from Muskingum College in 1972. He completed his masters of education degree at Miami University of Ohio and his doctorate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
He lives in Pine Township with his wife Barbara. They have three adult children and eight grandchildren.
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