Roger Lyons, the winningest head coach in Ashland University men's basketball history, will be honored prior to the Eagles' home game on Thursday (Dec. 8) at 7:30 p.m. against Saginaw Valley State at Kates Gymnasium.
Lyons guided the AU men from 1986-87 to 1988-89 while they were in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, then again from 1996-97 to 2008-09 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. He had a career record of 246-193 (.560) at Ashland, is the program's all-time leader in wins, games coached (439) and seasons coached (16), and led the Eagles to 10 winning seasons and eight GLIAC Tournament appearances.
In 1988, Lyons earned GLVC Coach of the Year and National Basketball Coaches Association (NABC)/Division II District Coach of the Year honors.
Lyons, a 1974 Ashland College graduate, also played basketball for the Eagles.
Thursday's game is the 2016-17 GLIAC home opener for Ashland. The Eagles are 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the GLIAC prior to Saturday's (Dec. 3) game at Northwood, while the Cardinals are ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division II, and are 7-0, 1-0 going into Saturday's contest at home against Lake Erie.
In the last meeting between Ashland and SVSU, the Cardinals came away with a 68-66 win at "The Kates" on a game-winning layup at the buzzer.