George Lyle of Henry County has been named the Varsity Field Hockey Coach at Carlisle School.
Lyle succeeds Meade Lane who led the team for the last 11 seasons and won a 2009 state championship, before resigning to accept a coaching position at Lynchburg College earlier this year.
“I think [Lyle] will be an excellent coach for our field hockey program,” said Mancino Craighead, Carlisle’s Athletic Director. “He will demand excellence just as Coach Lane did during her tenure. With his leadership skills, Carlisle field hockey will be in great hands for the future.”
This year’s field hockey team returns all 11 starters, including six seniors, from the 2015 team that went to the VISAA state semi-final game.
“This is a great opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” said Lyle. “To work with a talented and experienced team like the Chiefs hockey team is really unique. I have watched these ladies play for their whole careers at Carlisle and they have had tremendous success. Most rookie coaches don’t get a chance to take over a program that has been to nine straight state semi-final appearances. Coach Lane left me a hardworking, disciplined team that is viewed as a tough opponent by every field hockey program in the league.“
Lyle is a lawyer who has served as the County Attorney for Henry County since 2003. He and his wife Lisa have two daughters – Hanna, a 2013-graduate of Carlisle, and Sally, a senior on the field hockey team.
Practice begins for the Chiefs in August, with their first game August 23 against E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg.