USAF ACADEMY, Colo. -- Two-time NCAA javelin champion and Academy record holder Dana (Pounds) Lyon recently joined the Air Force track and field coaching staff as a full-time assistant. Lyon, who previously worked with the team while in the strength and conditioning department, will now coach the javelin throwers and oversee the strength and conditioning needs of select event groups.
"I am humbled and honored to be a part of the Air Force Academy track and field program, once again," Lyon said. "As an athlete, and now as a coach, this program has been a life-giving community. To have the opportunity to continue to serve the Academy's mission is a dream come true. It brings me so much joy to lead, impact, and influence these cadet-athletes as they develop into the leaders our country needs. I am excited beyond words to be here, and I look forward to learning under Coach Lindeman and working alongside this amazing coaching staff as the team continues to reach new heights."
Lyon, who graduated from USAFA in 2006 with a degree in systems engineering management, captured back-to-back NCAA titles in the javelin throw, was a three-time All-American, three-time Mountain West champion and three-time all-conference selection. As a senior, she registered an Academy- and conference-record throw of 195'8" -- a distance that also accounted for the best collegiate throw in the nation during the 2006 season. In addition to her achievements at the collegiate level, Lyon captured a pair of titles at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Championships.
Following graduation, Lyon served two terms as a member of the Air Force World Class Athlete Program (2006-08, 2012-14). The national champion at the 2007 USATF Outdoor Championships, she was the runner-up at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials -- finishing just two inches shy of making the Olympic Team.
Lyon joined the track and field staff after spending four years as an assistant strength and conditioning coach and PE instructor at the Academy, while serving in the Air Force. A certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Lyon worked with men's and women's cross country, women's basketball and women's soccer, as well as assisting with men's and women's track and field. She helped train members of four Mountain West championship teams (three track and field, one cross country) and 12 All-Americans.
Lyon, who received a master's in sports business/management administration from Liberty University in 2014, was inducted into the Air Force Athletics Hall of Fame, as a member of the Class of 2015.