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CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia has named Greg Lyons, a former men’s basketball player at UVa, as the director of operations for women’s basketball. Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan made the announcement on Monday (Aug. 9).

“I always admired Greg as a player on the men’s team while he played at Virginia,” Ryan said. “His experiences will bring a wealth of knowledge and efficiency to our director of operations position. We are very pleased and proud to have him coming back to Virginia.”

Lyons joins the Cavalier coaching staff with prior coaching experience as both an assistant coach and a director of operations. He was the director of operations for American University men’s basketball from 2003-04, before serving as an assistant coach with the Eagles’ men’s team from 2004-07.

Prior to his time at American, Lyons was at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., where he worked as an administrative assistant (2002-03) and a volunteer assistant (2001-02) with the men’s basketball program.

“This is a great opportunity to be part of the rich tradition of Virginia women’s basketball,” Lyons said. “I’m excited to get to work with Coach Ryan and her staff.”

Lyons played for head coaches Jeff Jones (1997-98) and Pete Gillen (1998-99, 2000-01) while at UVa, and was a member of the 2001 Cavalier men’s basketball team that earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament and was ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams during the season.

In 2001, Lyons received an award from Virginia’s 7 Society for dedication and service to the University. He was nominated for the University of Virginia Alumni Association’s Gray-Carrington Award for personal integrity, achievement, leadership and humility in 2000.

Following the 1998-99 season, Lyons was one of four recipients of the team’s “Best Attitude” Award.

He graduated from Virginia in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

Lyons is married to the former Lisa Hosac, who was a four-year letterwinner for UVa women’s basketball from 1997-2000. The couple has two children, Connor (3) and Katie (10 months).

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