Lyles Earns USTFCCA Coach of the Year Honors

June 3, 2013

NEW ORLEANS - San Diego State assistant track and field coach Carjay Lyles was named United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) West Region Assistant Coach of the Year, the association announced on Monday.

Lyles, in his fourth season at SDSU, helped the Aztecs claim their second Mountain West outdoor title, and first since 2003. Four Aztecs qualified for the NCAA Finals under his tutelage this season, including junior Shanieka Thomas (triple jump), freshman Nicole Oudenaarden (heptathlon), junior Allison Reaser (heptathlon) and senior Alex Evans (triple jump).

In the NCAA West Regionals, Thomas took first overall in the triple jump with a leap of 46 feet, 2 inches (14.07 meters), while Evans finished sixth with a jump of 43-00.50 (13.12m). Oudenaarden finished fifth in the heptathlon with 5,774 points and Reaser was 10th (5,612).

In 2012, Lyles helped coach arguably the best team in program history, as the Aztecs tied for ninth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The ninth-place showing also tied their best finish in school history. As an athlete, Lyles garnered NCAA All-American accolades in the triple jump in 2007, helping Tennessee to a SEC championship title.

The NCAA Outdoor Championships are scheduled for June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore. The meet will be broadcast on ESPNU and online on ESPN3 beginning on Thursday.