Release courtesy of the GVSU Sports Information Dept.
Allendale, Mich. - Grand Valley State head baseball coach Steve Lyon announced today that he will retire following the 2012 season. Lyon, who is in his 14th year as the leader of the Laker baseball program, was hired on May 15, 1998. Grand Valley State Director of Athletics, Tim Selgo, said a search for his replacement will begin immediately.
"We would like to thank Steve for his incredible contribution to not only the GVSU baseball program, but Grand Valley State University," said Selgo. "His record as head coach and where he has taken our baseball program speaks for itself. Our program has played at the highest level of Division II baseball, but Steve has also been a great mentor to the young men he has coached. His teams not only excelled on the diamond, but they also excelled off the diamond and in the classroom. He will be missed, but we wish him well in his retirement," added Selgo.
With three weeks left in the regular season of his 14th year, Lyon has guided GVSU to a record of 535-199-2 (.728) mark at Grand Valley State and a 648-300-3 (.683) overall college coaching record. He is eighth on the DII active winning percentage list (648-300-3/.683) and is one of 25 active DII head coaches to reach the 600-win mark. Lyon, the 2007 and 2011 FieldTurf DII National Baseball Coach of the Year, is a five-time recipient (2003, 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2011) of the ABCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year award. He has guided Grand Valley State to the third-best winning percentage of all DII schools (.740) since 2000 with a 505-178-2 mark. GVSU is 409-127-1 (.765) the last 10 years with five NCAA Division II World Series appearances (2003 (T-5th), 2004 (2nd), 2005 (T-3rd), 2009 (T7th) and 2011 (T7th)). GVSU is one of two teams in all of DII baseball to appear in each of the last 10 NCAA DII tournaments. His 2004 squad played in the National Championship game where the Lakers dropped a 12-8 decision to Delta State. Lyon has tutored 45 ABCA All-North Central/Midwest Region performers and four ABCA All-Americans.
The 2012 Grand Valley State squad, ranked 11th in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll, is currently 26-10 overall and leads the GLIACâ€ˆwith a 16-6 mark. GVSU will play at Findlay this Saturday (April 21) and Sunday (April 22) in a GLIAC four-game series. GVSU will close out the regular season home slate versus Wayne State April 28 and 29 at the Laker Baseball Field.