Former Diving Coach Mike Lyden Dies, 51
BATON ROUGE — Mike Lyden, who served as LSU’s diving coach from 1989 to 1993, died last Friday after a lengthy illness at the age of 51.
After his tenure at LSU, Lyden served as the Kentucky diving coach up until last season. Lyden earned SEC Coach of the Year honors 11 times during his career ? four at LSU and seven times at Kentucky.
“I am saddened by the loss of a great friend and colleague in our diving family,” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “Mike was a fierce competitor and a true friend. He made an impact on a number of student-athletes. The standards he set and what he stood for will last a life time.”
During Lyden’s tenure, LSU won 15 of 24 possible SEC titles. He led four Tigers to All-American status during his first year at LSU.
Lyden continued his success at Kentucky. He was named the 1996 NCAA Women’s Diving Coach of the Year after leading two divers to All-American honors.
During his 12 years in leading the Wildcats, Kentucky earned 51 All-American selections. In 2006, he led Taryn Ignacio to the first national championship in program history when she set school and then-NCAA records on the platform.
Prior to his LSU tenure, he coached at Eastern Michigan where he was named conference coach of the year nine times. He produced 11 conference champions and one collegiate All-American.
As a student-athlete, Lyden attended Western Michigan and was a four-time conference champion. He was an NCAA qualifier and served as team captain during his senior year. The Turlock, Calif., native earned his bachelors degree in physical education and a minor in earth science in 1980.
Lyden is survived by his wife, Emily, and his three children ? Brittany, Jack and Jessica.