Thomas logs No. 6 triple jump mark in NCAA history
Entering 2013 season
Carjay Lyles enters his fourth season as an assistant coach at San Diego State, bringing a strong pedigree with his background in the sprints, hurdles and jumps.
In just three seasons, Lyles has helped coach six All-Americans, nine Mountain West individual champions and 24 all-MWC performers. In addition, Lyles has been a part of coaching five athletes to school records.
Last season (2012), Lyles helped coach arguably the best team in program history as the Aztecs tied for ninth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The ninth-place showing also tied their best finish (also 1985) in school history.
Lyles tutored Shanieka Thomas, who finished in second place in the triple jump at the NCAA Championships en route to taking third at the Jamaican Olympic Trials. She garnered first-team All-America accolades in both the indoor (seventh) and outdoor (second) triple jump, while winning both events at the MW Championships.
She also helped Alex Evans finish 14th in the triple jump at the NCAA outdoor meet, earning second-team All-America honors.
Additionally, Allison Reaser, a multi-event specialist, worked under Lyles and took sixth in the heptathlon at the NCAA Championships in a school record to earn first-team All-America honors. Reaser also won both the indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon for the second straight year, and added a 60-meter hurdles title indoor. She also won the MW Championships High Point Award at both the indoor and outdoor meet.
In 2011, Lyles assisted Allison Reaser to one of the best seasons in recent memory. Lyles helped the freshman win the MWC indoor pentathlon title, the MWC outdoor heptathlon title and the U.S. Junior Nationals heptathlon title, while taking fourth at the Pan Am Junior Championships.
In the outdoor campaign, Lyles helped coach Reaser (heptathlon), Shanieka Thomas (triple jump) and Alex Evans (triple jump) to all-league honors. Four athletes Lyles worked with qualified for the NCAA West Region prelimis, including Reaser (400-hurdles, long jump), Lawreta Ozoh (100, 200), Thomas (triple jump) and Evans (triple jump).
In the indoor campaign, Reaser captured the pentathlon title and was joined on the all-conference list by Roach (60, 200), Thomas (triple jump) and Evans (triple jump). Roach highlighted the indoor season when she set a school record in the 200 at the MWC indoor championships with a time of 23.45 seconds.
Additionally, Thomas was one of just two freshman who qualified for the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships. She went on to finish ninth in the competitive event.
In his first season in 2010, Evans (triple jump) and Briana Johnson (100-hurdles) each garnered outdoor all-MWC accolades by placing in the top three at the championship meet.
Nicole Stone (400), Johnson (100-hurdles), Kierstan Kirkland (400-hurdles), Shana Watson (long jump), Evans (triple jump) and Kai Wheeler (triple jump) all qualified for the NCAA West Prelim meet with Lyles' assistance.
In the indoor campaign, Lyles helped Karoline Koehler dominate the triple jump and long jump, finishing with school records, MWC titles and All-American finishes in each event.
Koehler also grabbed all-league accolades in the 60-meter dash, while Johnson and Ann Marie Korte also were on the medal stand.
Lyles brought his coaching experience from national power Tennessee, the Knoxville Track Club and as a private coach, where he coached two Pan American Games medalists, two high school national record-holders, two Olympic trials finalists, 12 AAU national champions and 33 AAU national medalists.
As an athlete, Lyles garnered NCAA All-American accolades in the triple jump, helping Tennessee to a SEC championship title. Lyles graduated from Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in sociology.
"Coach Lyles is both knowledgeable and a great teacher, both great traits for an emerging elite coach," Burrell said of the hire of Lyles. "His experience has allowed him to see the big picture in how to develop a top level track and field program. I am grateful to have him join our staff. "