Nov. 14, 2009
SAN DIEGO -- Former Tennessee track & field standout Carjay Lyles, an All-America triple jumper during his stint with the Volunteers from 2005-08, has been named to the coaching staff at San Diego State University. He and fellow new hire Boldizsar Kocsor will work under a two-time Olympian, head coach Shelia Burrell.
"Each member of our staff has experience with high level athletes and has worked previously within highly-competitive programs," Burrell said. "They both have already demonstrated their determination to take San Diego State track and field to even greater heights."
Lyles brings a strong pedigree to San Diego State with his background in the sprints, hurdles and jumps. Through his coaching experience with Tennessee, the Knoxville Track Club and as a private coach, Lyles has coached two Pan American Games medalists, two high school national record-holders, two Olympic trials finalists, 12 AAU national champions and 33 AAU national medalists.
As an athlete, Lyles garnered NCAA All-America accolades in the triple jump with a seventh-place finish outdoors in 2007. He also helped Tennessee win an SEC Outdoor Championship in 2007 and post three top-five NCAA finishes during his career. Lyles graduated from Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in sociology.
"Coach Lyles is both knowledgeable and a great teacher, both great traits for an emerging elite coach," Burrell said. "His experience has allowed him to see the big picture in how to develop a top level track and field program. I am grateful to have him join our staff. "