It was announced back in the fall that the Central Christian College Athletic Department would be expanding by adding men’s lacrosse to its dossier for spring 2018. At that time, a coach had been hired, but since then that arrangement has fallen through and a search for a new coach was reconvened.
CCC Director of Athletics Twiggs Reed re-opened the position and within a matter of a couple of weeks found his candidate. Virgil Lyon of Elizabethtown, Ky., has accepted the position of head men’s lacrosse coach for the 2017-18 season and beyond.
Lyon was born in Taegu, South Korea, but grew up a military brat in Springfield, Va. He attended Dean College, which was at the time a junior college in Franklin, Mass. He played two years of lacrosse at Dean, as a long-stick midfielder, and helped the Bulldogs to a combined record of 28-2 and two Pioneer League titles. After his sophomore year, Lyon transferred to the University of Maine, in Orono, Maine, where he finished out his career with the Blackbears.
Lyon finished up his playing days at UMaine in 1999. Being from a military family, Lyon decided to enlist and begin a career in the Army that lasted until 2012. During his time in the Army, he served as an Infantryman, Intelligence Officer, and Civil Affairs Officer. He is a graduate of the US Army Airborne School, the US Army Infantry School, the US Army Intelligence Center and the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.
Lyon is also a combat veteran with two major deployments during his career. He currently works at Fort Knox in Kentucky as a civilian for the Department of Defense. He is a force protection officer, responsible for a variety of security programs, emergency management planning, and coordination with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
Lacrosse has been a part of Lyon’s entire life. He has played at a very high level, and still actively competes with a Men’s Box Lacrosse team in Louisville, Ky. He also played the 2016 season with the Circle City Copperheads in the Continental Indoor Lacrosse League. In addition to playing high level lacrosse, Lyon has also coached at every level including a stint as the head coach at UMaine. He currently coaches middle school and high school teams in Elizabethtown as part of the Elizabethtown Lacrosse Club, which he co-founded in 2013. Over the past four years, the club has built a lacrosse community that has produced seven total boys and girls junior high and high school teams, and placed eight players on NCAA and NAIA college rosters.
"I want to thank CCC for the opportunity to lead the Tigers on the lacrosse field,” Lyon said. “I am honored. It is exciting to take the first steps towards building an enduring tradition of excellence that benefits as many young men as possible. I'm fired up for the spring of 2018 and hope everyone else is also."
“We are excited to partner with coach Lyon in bringing the exciting game of lacrosse to our campus,” Reed said. “We believe his extensive experience with the sport will help put CCC lacrosse on the map and his leadership qualities will help produce solid young men of character.”
Lyon is married to wife Leah. Together, they have three sons, Ben (17), Simon (11) and Henry (9). He will assume his duties full time July 1. He and his family will be moving to McPherson early this summer.