TWU goes “Green” as BC Lions Full Back Lyle Green volunteers in award winning Athletics department.

Lyle Green was born in Kitchener, Ontario in 1976. Since he took his first steps, Green's blood pulsated with sports. Throughout high school he threw himself into almost every game. From soccer, hockey, basketball, track and field, to football, Green proved that he was not only an exceptional athlete but that he was passionate about sport on all levels. With a childhood dream to play professionally, Green headed south to don the navy blue and gold football jersey of the University of Toledo Rockets. While at U of T, Green, an honors student, earned a BS in Administration and an MBA with a concentration in management, all the while strengthening his game.

In 2001, after an evaluation camp, the BC Lions scouted Green's tremendous ability. He was quickly acquired to the CFL in the 1st Round, 4th overall pick, and his childhood dream became a reality.

For the last six years Green has played Full Back for the Grey Cup winning Lions. A regular starter and one of CFL's premier blocking backs, Lyle has been indispensable to the club's success. But what happens after a successful football career? Green is currently volunteering at Trinity Western University, shadowing Athletic Director Murray Hall and working on some feasibility studies for adding CIS teams to the successful complement of teams already in place. Green has had the opportunity to observe how to run sports teams at the university level, the best way to work with coaches, raise financing, arranging season schedules and, ultimately, what it takes to develop complete champions.

Murray Hall knows all too well what it requires to make successful athletes and is happy to have Lyle Green share his passion for Athletic Directing. The TWU Athletic Department has seen amazing success in the last few years. In the 2005/06 season all teams made post-season playoffs, and last year close to 70% of TWU's teams made it to the National Championships. TWU student athletes have won many of the highest possible honors in the country, ranging from Academic All-Canadians to CIS player of the year - Dale Iwanoczko Award in recognition of excellence in sport, academics and community involvement.

Says Hall, “This is a vital time in the history of TWU and a really great time for Lyle to observe the success going on with Spartan Athletics. Not only are we producing champions on the court and in the field, but we are also producing graduates that will go on to impact the communities in which they live. It's what we call the Complete Champion Approach™.”

Hall believes Green has the makings of a great AD. He says, “Lyle is a learner and that impresses me. I believe he understands the kind of characteristics needed to be a solid Athletic Director. He's had a wealth of experience observing different club settings, different organizational structures, not to mention coaches, assistants and owners. As a player you see first hand how a department can influence a player - you can't get better experience than that.”

And Lyle has certainly been observing over the course of his career. “From my experience a good coach must be a leader,” says Green, “someone the players respect and want to play for. They need to have an eye for talent and put players in a position that they will excel in and in turn give the team the best chance to win. Also, surrounding themselves with good assistants that know the game well and are hard-working and driven. I'm still learning what makes a good Athletic Director. I believe it is similar to being a good coach. Someone who's respected and someone who is able to get great coaches to lead teams.”

Soon the Lions will begin training camp, and Lyle Green will once again don his #28 jersey, hit the turf and head out to tackle yet another season with his sights on future winnings. When asked what the future holds, Green says, “In 10 years I want to be winning my 11th Grey Cup,” he laughs. “But seriously, I would love to be involved in sports in some capacity, like being an Athletic Director at a high school or university....my passion is sports, especially football!”

More information on Trinity Western University athletics can be found by visiting www.gospartans.ca

Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. 51 universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 19 national championships in 11 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, and numerous world university championships.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers undergraduate degrees in 39 major areas of study ranging from business, communications and education to biotechnology and nursing, and offers 15 graduate degrees in such areas as counseling psychology, business, the humanities, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum