Coach Phelps on Twitter: @CoachK_Phelps
Kyle Phelps finished his first season as the head football coach at Lyon College in 2016 and led the Scots to their first ever three victories in program history. Phelps was promoted to head coach of the Scots football program on July 29, 2016. He was originally hired as recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach at Lyon College when the institution re-instated the football program in 2013. He was promoted to associate head coach in 2015, while keeping his other duties.
Phelps is from Brandon, Fla., but attended Lyon College and played on the Scots' baseball team under then head baseball coach Kirk Kelley. He came to Lyon after transferring from Baldwin-Wallace College in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. He is a Lyon College graduate and received his Master's degree from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in the spring of 2016.
In addition to serving as an assistant or head coach in various baseball teams in Texas and Oklahoma, he was an assistant coach at Oklahoma Wesleyan University with Kelley, while serving as travel coordinator. Phelps coached at the University of Central Arkansas and comes back to Lyon after his second coaching stint at OWU.
Phelps' recruiting territories for the Scots football team includes California, Oregon, Washington and southeast Texas.
Kyle and his wife, Allison, reside in Batesville. They have one son, Rhett, born in 2016.
Coach Howard on Twitter: @Del_Excel
Del Howard was promoted to defensive coordinator of the Lyon football team in February of 2016. He first joined the Lyon staff in the summer of 2015 as defensive backs coach and he continues to coach players in the Scots' defensive backfield.
Howard was a four-year lettermen and defensive back for the University of Missouri, graduating in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in General Agriculture.
Lyon head coach Kyle Phelps said that Howard's work on the NCAA Division I level has already been extremely important to his production during his first year with the program and it will continue as he goes forth as the defensive coordinator.
Howard, who also coached at University of Memphis, assisted the Memphis defensive coordinator with game planning and scouting reports, while also facilitating the offensive scout team. At Missouri he assisted the defensive coordinator with daily duties and helped run drills with kickoff and punt returns.
The Scots run out of a basic 4-3 defense. Howard said, however, Scots fans will see a lot of variations.
"I'm more comfortable with a 4-3 because that's what I played in, but I won't be handcuffed to it," he stated. "I want to be able to show a lot of different looks and have the flexibility to have a number of different personnel combinations on the field."
Prior to arriving at Lyon, Howard was the defensive special teams and academic coordinator for OD Prep in Oklahoma from August to December 2014, where he broke down film and recruited athletes in Dallas, Texas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Nashville, Tennessee; and Shreveport, Louisiana.
Howard was also the cornerbacks coach on the University of Wisconsin-Stout football team from August 2013 to July 2014. While serving as the cornerbacks coach, Howard assisted with game planning and broke down film on all opponents.
Coach Daniel on Twitter: @LyonCoachDaniel
An experienced collegiate assistant coach, Shawn Daniel took over as offensive coordinator of the Lyon College football program in the summer of 2016.
Daniel worked as a collegiate assistant at Southwest Assemblies of God University and Midland University prior to coming to Lyon. He was the running game coordinator, recruiting coordinator and Director of Football Operations at SAGU, located in Waxahachie, Texas. He then served as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Midland, which is located in Fremont, Neb.
Daniel also has coaching experience at St. Joseph High School and Trinity Bible College, where he served as a line coach and assistant strength coach.
He received his Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies from Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, North Dakota. He went on to receive his Master's degree in Bible and Theology from Southwest Assemblies of God.
Shawn and his wife, Daniel, have been married for 13 years. They have three children, five-year old Scarlett, three-year old Lincoln and one-year old Hudson.
Coach Palese on Twitter: @CoachPalese
Nick Palese was hired as wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator at Lyon College in 2013. He assumed the duties of recruiting coordinator for the football program in 2016, while keeping his receivers' coaching duties.
A 2008 graduate of Batesville High School, Palese finished high school with a 3.7 grade-point average and went on to receive a teaching degree at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, with a 3.509 GPA.
At Batesville, he was a Class 5A East All-Conference and All-State football player as a senior and made the honor roll throughout his four years of high school. He was also an all-conference baseball player his junior and senior years and was all-state his senior season.
At OWU, Palese was on the Dean's List eight times and was NCCAA All-Region First-Team in 2012. He was a Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) All-Conference baseball player in 2012, as well as being named all-conference first-team in 2013.
He was a MCAC Scholar Athlete in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and was named to Who's Who Among Students at American Universities and Colleges. He graduated Cum Laude from OWU.
Palese's recruiting territory for the Scots football team includes Arizona, Colorado, Tennessee, Georgia and the Dallas Metroplex.
Nick and his wife, Baylee, have been married since 2017.
Coach Morrow on Twitter: @CoachMo92
Batesville High School product Ryan Morrow (’06) was named as the Scots’ Offensive Line Coach in July 2014 as Lyon College prepared to begin work for the first season of football at Lyon since 1951. He took on the added duties as strength coach in 2015.
Morrow, and former Scots head coach Kirk Kelley formed a personal relationship a number of years ago, as far back as the early 1990s when Kelley built the Lyon baseball program from the ground up. A three-sport athlete at Batesville, Morrow played football, basketball, and baseball, starting his gridiron playing career in the third grade.
Morrow's recruiting territory for the Scots’ football team includes Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and west and northwest Texas.
Before coming to Lyon, Morrow spent the last two years teaching and coaching offensive linemen and tight ends in the Cedar Ridge School District in Newark, Arkansas.
Morrow played three-plus seasons of football for NCAA Division II Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, graduating from HSU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and Health in December 2013.
Ryan and his wife, Candace, have a baby girl named Ruby Rae.
Andy Rogers, a member of the 2003 Batesville High School Pioneer state championship football squad and a 2004 graduate of BHS, was hired as an assistant coach of the Lyon football team in July 2014. He served as linebackers coach during the program's first two years.
He played football for the Pioneers for three years and was a two-year starter at center and guard.
Rogers was part of the district champion and state championship squad in 2003, earning all-district honors that season.
A former member of the U.S. Marine Corps who had combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Rogers is also a former member of the Independence County Sheriff’s Department.
Rogers has a baseball coaching background with American Legion play and softball experience in coach pitch for girls.
His recruiting territory for the Scots football team includes Idaho, Nebraska and New Mexico.
Andy has a wife, Crystal, and a daughter, Coley.
Damon Frenchers enters his first season as an assistant football coach under head coach Kyle Phelps at Lyon College. Frenchers will be entering his 29th overall season as a collegiate football coach. He will be responsible for coaching the Scots’ defensive linemen as well as recruiting, scouting opponents and other administrative duties.
He spent the 2016 season at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff in Pine Bluff, AR. Prior to his time at UAPB, Frenchers spent the four seasons before that at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., serving as the assistant head coach, linebackers coach and defensive coordinator. Several players entered the professional ranks under Frenchers at Lincoln, including Kendrick Causey who signed with the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League after earning All-MIAA third-team honors. As defensive coordinator, Frenchers also worked with O’Hara Fluellen who was invited to the Seattle Seahawks 2013 rookie training camp before joining the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders.
Other previous coaching stops for Frenchers include S.C. State, N.C. Central, Delaware State, Norfolk State, St. Paul’s College, and Lane. In addition to his football coaching responsibilities at St. Paul’s and Lane, he also served as head baseball coach at both institutions.
In 1987, Frenchers started his coaching career as a volunteer undergraduate student at the University of Missouri. Frenchers assisted defensive coaches in breaking down and analyzing film. He also assisted defensive coaches during Missouri practices. After spending two seasons with Missouri, Frenchers took over as S.C. State’s defensive end and strength and conditioning coach in 1989.
During his three-year stint there, he coached All-American and 1992 first-round draft pick Robert Porcher. Porcher spent 13 seasons in the NFL (1992-2004) and recorded 95.5 career sacks. After leaving the Bulldogs program, Frenchers took over as N.C. Central’s defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator in 1992. He spent seven seasons with the Eagles program where he coached All-CIAA performers Michael Lattimore and Corey Francis.
Frenchers left N.C. Central in February of 1999 to accept his first defensive coordinator position. In 1999, Frenchers became Delaware State’s defensive coordinator. He was responsible for organizing and implementing the Hornets defensive game plan. He served as Delaware State’s defensive coordinator and defensive line coach for three seasons before leaving for Norfolk State. In his second stint with NCCU in 2002, he was named the Eagles defensive coordinator.
In addition to his experience as a college football coach, Frenchers has also worked at various NFL camps over the past quarter century, and he has also spent time coaching camps at various Division I FBS schools such as Florida, North Carolina and Duke.
He earned a B.S., degree at the University of the State of New York, Regents College.