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|DR. DON LYLE- Chairman, Department of Physical Education and Athletics/Athletic Director|
Don Lyle is in his 13th 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 remained the
program's all-time wins leader until 2013. Lyle then spent nine years as baseball coach at
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.