ATHLETIC DIRECTOR DR. DON LYLE
Dr. Don Lyle is in his 12th year as athletic director at Grove City College.
Lyle is Chairman of the Department of Physical Education and Athletics and Athletic Director.
In that role, Lyle oversees the College's fitness and wellness program, its rapidly-growing exercise science major and Grove City's 19-sport varsity athletics program.
Lyle coached Grove City's men's soccer team from 1972 to 2005. As head coach, he led the Wolverines to six post-season berths, including a pair of trips to the NCAA Championship Tournament.
In 2005, his final season as head coach, Lyle guided Grove City to its first-ever outright Presidents' Athletic Conference title and a trip to the finals of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Southern Championship Tournament. He earned the PAC's Coach of the Year award that year.
Lyle also directed Grove City to a share of the PAC men's soccer title in 1996 as Grove City went 16-2. The Wolverines set a school record for victories in a season and won their first ECAC title.
Lyle-coached teams also advanced to post-season play in 1976, 1980 and 2000. In 34 years as head coach, he compiled a 277-206-37 record. The College inducted him into its Men's Soccer Hall of Fame in October 2006.
Lyle also started the women's softball program at Grove City, posting a 91-61 (.599) record from 1980-88 as head coach. He remains the program's all-time wins leader. Lyle then spent nine years as baseball coach at Grove City.
In addition to his academic duties as department chair, Lyle is a professor of physical education. He is also chairman of the Grove City College Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
A native of Calcutta, Ohio, Lyle earned his bachelor of arts degree from Muskingum College in 1971. He earned his master's degree in education from Miami of Ohio. Lyle received his doctorate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Lyle and his wife Barbara live in Pine Township. They have three adult children and nine grandchildren.
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