Kyle Phelps was promoted to head football coach at Lyon College 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former University of Arkansas Razorback De’Anthony Curtis was named the running backs coach of the Lyon College football squad in the summer of 2015. He added the duties as Special Teams Coordinator in 2016.
Prior to arriving at Lyon, Curtis was the running back consultant at Camden High School in Camden, Arkansas. While at Camden, Curtis mentored and coached players, led team and individual workouts and guided athletes through the recruiting process.
Curtis received his B.A. in Criminal Justice from Arkansas in 2012, where he was a wide receiver, running back and cornerback for the football team. During his time at Arkansas, Curtis accumulated 198 rushing yards, 168 receiving yards, and two touchdowns.
After graduating from Arkansas, Curtis signed as a rookie free agent with the National Football League’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he appeared in three NFL games in August 2012.
Curtis has also participated in a number of volunteer work projects, including visiting elementary schools and visiting patients at Children’s Hospital. Curtis was a part of Lift Up America, Joplin Clean Up, Library Clean Up, and the Boys and Girls Club, while attending Arkansas.
Joe Haynes began his collegiate coaching career in the summer of 2016 and serves the Scots' program as the defensive line coach.
A 2002 graduate of Newport High School, Haynes was a two-sport athlete, participating in football and track. He was also a four-year participant in the R.O.T.C. program during high school.
He went on to college at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Ark., earning his B.A. Degree in Teaching in 2007 and his Masters Degree in Sports Administration from Arkansas State University in 2016.
Haynes has spent 10 years coaching in the high school ranks throughout Northeast Arkansas. He worked at Brinkley, Batesville, Southside Batesville and Newport School Districts. He served as defensive coordinator (Southside, Brinkley) and Special Teams Coodinator (Batesville, Southside). He has also coached linebackers, offensive line, wide receivers and defensive backs.
Haynes is married to his wife, Margaret, and they have two children, Jalen and Mikala.