For the first time in over 20 years, Motlow State began a new athletic program with the announcement that women's soccer would begin play in the fall of 2017. On Sept. 1, 2016, Tullahoma's Andy Lyon was announced as the first head coach of the new program.
Lyon is familiar to soccer players and fans throughout middle Tennessee and beyond. He is both Chairman and Director of Coaching for Camp Forest FC, a select soccer club based in Tullahoma. He has won both indoor and outdoor State Championships and has coached numerous players that have represented various college soccer teams throughout the region.
Born in Nottingham, England, where he took part in Nottingham Forest Youth programs and studied and played soccer at Leeds University, Lyon came to the United States in 2004 with Major League Soccer Camps to join the coaching staff of the NY/NJ Metrostars in their youth development program. Lyon travelled across the East coast of America in his role as a player development and camp director before settling in Tullahoma in 2006.
During his time at Motlow, Coach Lyon has compiled an overall record of 34-16-3. With the region VII conference only being established in 2018, Motlow have established a strong presence as contenders by finishing Regular season champions in 2018 and 19, along with being Regional Tournament winners in 2018 and Regional Tournament runners up in 2019. With an exciting squad again this year, the team is again expected to compete well in regional play.
Coach Lyon currently holds a USSF B coaching license as well as USSF national youth license and a NSCAA director of coaching diploma. He spent two seasons as an assistant coach of the men's program at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, and was an assistant coach with the Webb School girls soccer team in Bell Buckle, TN.