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Athletic Department

Chuck Lyon
Chuck Lyon
Title: Dean of Physical Education, Kinesiology, Athletics & Athletic Director
Phone: 661-362-3545
Year: Seventh Year
Previous College: California State University, Northridge, 1979

Chuck Lyon begins his second year as Dean of Physical Education, Kinesiology, Athletics & Athletic Director in 2017. Lyon has served a total of 20 years at College of the Canyons as a head football coach, physical education & kinesiology instructor and college administrator.

Before moving into his current role, Lyon served as the college’s athletic director from 2007 to 2016, where he had a variety of responsibilities and administrative duties related to the COC Athletic Department’s 16 intercollegiate sports programs, game management for home events, and supervision of the department’s head coaches, assistant coaches and administrative staff,

Prior to becoming the college’s athletic director, Lyon led the COC football program from 1998 through the 2006 season. He helped the program win its first and only National and State Championships in 2004, while going a perfect 14-0. Following that epic season Lyon was named the National Community College Football Coach of the Year.

He also won six consecutive Western State Conference Championships from 2000 to 2005 and led the Cougars to eight bowl games during his time at the helm. Lyon concluded his head coaching career with an 85-20 overall record at COC.

In 2017, Lyon's 2004 National Championship team was inducted into the COC Athletic Hall of Fame.

Under Lyon's leadership more than 140 student-athletes transferred to four-year schools to continue their playing careers, while seven former players were selected in the NFL Draft. Four more former Cougars went on to sign NFL contracts as undrafted free agents.
Lyon originally joined the Cougars after 11 years of assistant coach duties at Pasadena City College and a one-year stint at Long Beach City College. He served one season as the head coach at Pasadena City College in 1995.

In his playing days Lyon starred at quarterback on the COC football team from 1973 to 1974, and was the first player to score a touchdown in Cougar Stadium during the 1974 season.

Lyon holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from California State University, Northridge and a master’s degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific University.

He lives in Castaic with his wife, Gabi, and has two children, Tiffany and Tyler.

—Bio current as of July 2017