Sports Information Director
(Notre Dame, Ind.) The Holy Cross College Athletics Department is pleased to announce the hiring of T.J. Lyons as the new hockey coach. Lyons becomes the third hockey coach in Holy Cross history.
"The wealth of knowledge and experience he brings will help us further our growth of the hockey program," stated Athletic Director Aimee Niespodziany. "We're looking forward to seeing the program reach a new level under Coach T.J."
Coach Lyons joins the Saints after most recently completing his first season as an assistant on the 2012-2013 staff.
Prior to joining the Saints, Coach Lyons spent the majority of the past seven seasons as the head coach of the Valparaiso Hockey Club where he played an instrumental role in taking the program from a recreational style club to a program that is well respected throughout the state. While involved with the Valpo Hockey Club, T.J. has been has proven to be an exceptional coach, leader and teacher according to his peers. Along with his coaching duties with Valpo, T.J. spent two seasons coaching Team Michiana from 2006-2008 which is comprised of the top players in the area.
"From a parent's perspective, T.J. proved to be a coach very in tune with the personalities of the players and their strengths and opportunities," stated David Mika, Vice President of the Valpo Hockey Club. "From a Club Officer perspective, he did an excellent job at maintaining an open line of communication with the board, participated in administrative matters where needed and worked within the budget established by the Club each year. Lastly, from a coaching perspective, it was clear that Coach Lyons not only understood the game but was very effective at teaching both the fundamentals as well as the desired systems he wanted the players to execute during the game."
Prior to his involvement with the Valpo Hockey Club, Coach Lyons spent two years (2002-2004) with the Buffalo Rink Rats in Grand Island, New York where he was the coach of an elite summer tournament team. These teams had players from all over the country and would compete with the best 10-14 year olds across Canada in the summertime.
From 1994-2004, Coach Lyons worked with the Buffalo Regals in their "learn to skate" program and served as a head coach for the house league, select teams and the AAA travel hockey teams. The Buffalo Regals are one of the oldest and most respected organizations and have produced such star players as Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks.
"I'm looking forward to working with the guys and helping move the program forward," stated coach Lyons. "I think it's a great opportunity for me as a coach and think we can do some good things as a program."
A 1980 graduate of Depew High School in Depew, New York, Coach Lyons also serves as the Vice President at Ficel Transport. He currently resides in Valparaiso, Ind. with his wife Peggy, and is father to son Tommy (Holy Cross) and daughters Jenn (Purdue University) and Brooke (Valparaiso High School).