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Shane Lyons Returns to WMU on Menís Soccer Coaching Staff

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 07/01/2016
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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Former Bronco men’s soccer standout and Plainwell, Mich., native Shane Lyons has returned to Western Michigan as an assistant on head coach Chad Wiseman’s coaching staff.

Lyons played three seasons at Western Michigan from 2010-12 after suiting up his freshman year at Oakland in 2009. As a Bronco, Lyons totaled 21 career goals, including eight game-winners, and nine assists. He is currently tied for sixth all-time in goal scoring and second for career game-winners in program history.

In his first season at Western Michigan, Lyons was a First Team All-Mid-American Conference and Third Team All-Great Lakes Region selection. As a junior in 2011, Lyons scored six of the team’s first 15 goals before his season was cut short by injury. He bounced back as a senior in 2012, once again earning First Team All-MAC honors after ranking third in the conference with eight goals. Lyons became the first Bronco to earn first team status in multiple years since Scott Duhl was a first team selection in 2002 and 2003.

Lyons entered the coaching profession after leaving Western Michigan, coaching a season with the local Kalamazoo Kingdom Soccer Club in 2014 before moving to Texas. While in Texas, he reunited with another former Bronco standout, Ian Spooner, coaching at San Jacinto College in Houston from 2014-16. Lyons was also involved with the Houston Express Soccer Club during that time, working with boys and girls of multiple age groups.

Lyons was a three-time all-state selection out of Plainwell High School and led the Trojans to a regional title in 2007 and a district championship in 2008. He played club for the Michigan Wolves, winning back-to-back state cups in 2007 and 2008.

“I’m very excited to be back home with the Broncos again,” Lyons said. “I can’t wait to give back to the program that gave so much to me. The fall season cannot get here soon enough.”

“Coach Lyons was a tremendous goal scorer and is a natural fit for our program,” Wiseman said. “Shane spent the last few years under the direction of former Bronco Ian Spooner and that coaching staff has been extremely successful at San Jacinto, building that program into one of the very best in the nation. Shane’s experience as a player at the Division I level and coaching at a top junior college program will bring much value to our staff.”

Western Michigan begins its fall with two preseason matches, traveling to Loyola-Chicago on Aug. 13 and hosting DePaul in an exhibition on August 21. The 2016 season officially gets underway with a pair of road games as the Broncos take on Marshall Aug. 26 and Dayton Aug. 28. WMU welcomes Summit League opponents IPFW and IUPUI for the first regular-season home games, Sept. 2 and Sept. 5.

Western Michigan is coming off one of its most successful seasons in 2015 and returns 14 players from that roster. The Broncos earned their first ever Top 25 national ranking and set a school record with 12 shutouts while posting 11 wins. Wiseman collected Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year honors and the Broncos produced four all-region players, six All-MAC selections and an NCAA statistical champion.