Missouri Welcomes Carjay Lyles to the Track & Field Staff



July 23, 2013


The Carjay Lyles File 

Assistant Coach
Sprints, Hurdles, Horizontal Jumps

What Others Are Saying About Carjay Lyles
University of Tennessee - Bachelor of Arts, Sociology
As a Coach...
  • One NCAA National Champion
  • Two NCAA National Runners-Up
  • Six NCAA All-Americans in four years
  • 2013 West Region Assistant Coach of the Year
  • Five top-25 NCAA team finishes
  • Two Mountain West Conference Team titles
  • 17 Mountain West Conference Individual titles
  • 41 All-Conference awards
  • Four School Records
  • Masters World Record Holder in the long jump
  • Two 2007 Pan-American Games medalists
  • One USA Track & Field Junior Champion
  • 2008 Olympic Trials finalist - 110m hurdles
  • 2008 Olympic Trials semi-finalist - 400m 
  • Two National High School Record Holders
As an Athlete...
  • NCAA All-American in the triple jump
  • 2007 All Mid-Eastern Region
  • Member of the 2007 SEC Champion team
  • 2006 Penn Relays Champion
Coaching History

2009 - Present        San Diego State, Assistant Coach
2007 - 2009           U.S. Olympic Training Center
2007 - 2008           Tennessee, Graduate Assistant
2004 - Present        Private Coach

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri is proud to welcome Carjay Lyles to the Tiger family as the new Assistant Track & Field coach.  He will coach the sprinters, hurdles, and horizontal jumpers for the Tigers.  Lyles comes to Columbia from San Diego State University, where he assisted in developing the best team in program history, culminating in an eighth place finish at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships.  Named the 2013 West Region Assistant Coach of the Year, Lyles coached six NCAA All-American finishers during his four years with the Aztecs, including the 2013 NCAA triple jump champion, Shanieka Thomas. 

"We are simply thrilled to welcome Carjay to our team.  Carjay is not only a terrific coach but also a proven leader and mentor.  He perfectly fits our core values and has lived them daily throughout his coaching career," said Head Coach Brett Halter. "As a former SEC athlete, Carjay understands the demands of this league and what it takes to achieve at the highest levels in the sport."

"I'm honored to be working under somebody like Coach Halter.  We share visions for wanting to be great and I am excited to work with him and the rest of the coaching staff in establishing a legacy of high standards for our student-athletes," Lyles said. "I'm really big on maintaining the standard of a well-rounded student-athlete.   It's important to find athletes that fit the program and want excellence, not just on the track, but in their personal lives by making great decisions and being productive post-collegiately."

During Lyles' time at San Diego State, the program produced 2 NCAA National Champions, 2 NCAA Runners-Up, 14 NCAA All-Americans, 17 Mountain West Conference (MWC) individual titles, 2 MWC Team Titles, and 24 School Records.  Directly under Lyles' guidance was triple jump stand-out Shanieka Thomas, whose collegiate career with him garnered five All-American performances, including one NCAA Title and two second place finishes, as well as a third place finish at the 2012 Jamaican Olympic Trials and sixth place at the 2013 World University Games.  Thomas holds the sixth-best indoor triple jump mark in NCAA history (14.08m / 46-2.5), making Lyles only one of five coaches in NCAA history to coach a woman over 14-meters. 

He also mentored multi-event specialist Allison Reaser, who was eighth at the 2013 NCAA Championships in the heptathlon, sixth in 2012 with a school record performance, and in 2011 took first at the US Junior Nationals heptathlon before going on to take fourth at the Pan Am Junior Championships.

Prior to his position at San Diego State University, Lyle worked as an Undergraduate Assistant Coach at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee (2007-2008), was an athlete and coach at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (2007-2009), and has been a private coach since 2004.  Through these positions, Lyle has worked with multiple world class coaches and athletes, including 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Al Joyner, two Pan-American Games medalists, and two high school national record holders.

Lyles was an All-American triple jumper while at the University of Tennessee, helping the Vols to the 2007 SEC Championship title and three top-five NCAA finishes.  He graduated in 2008 with a degree in Sociology.  He is a USATF Certified Coach for the sprints, hurdles, and jumps. 

"Accepting a position at Mizzou while the program is still making its initial transition into the SEC was an ideal situation for me," Lyles said. "Looking around at the conference landscape and seeing the collegiate coaching legends I'll be working against was both exciting and motivating, and I'm ready to put Mizzou's sprinters, hurdlers, and [horizontal] jumpers in position to help our goal of winning SEC and national championships, individually and as a team."

For the latest on your Tigers, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.



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