North Surry alumnus Danny Lyons landed his “dream job” this week as the Surry County Board of Education approved his promotion to head football coach.
Brian Hampton, who led the Greyhounds to back-to-back winning seasons, has left to take the head coaching job at Ashe County.
Lyons has been an assistant coach with the team for the past six seasons since graduating from Appalachian State in 2005.
“I am looking forward to the 2012-2013 football season under the leadership of Coach Lyons,” said Principal Bill Goins. “His previous experience with the program proves he is ready for the job.”
Lyons, a 2001 graduate of North Surry, has been a teacher at his old school while working in various positions for Hampton and prior coach Mitch Martin. He has coached the offensive line, been the offensive coordinator and in some seasons he served as defensive coordinator.
“It truly is a dream come true to be the head football coach at North Surry High School,” said Lyons. “I feel blessed and honored to have the opportunity to serve the school I love in this capacity.
“I work with a great staff and some wonderful young men who I know will help make this a smooth transition. I expect to continue to build on the great foundation laid by Coach Hampton over the last few years, and I hope the community remains excited and continues to rally around their football program. Again, this is my dream job and I expect to be here for the long haul.”
Lyons resides in Mount Airy with his son Brett and wife, Kim, who is the head volleyball coach at Mount Airy High.
After a 1-10 record in 2009, the Hounds went 8-4 in 2010 and 7-4 in 2011. The offense has been one of the highest scoring in the Northwest, averaging 32.7 points in 2010 and 36.4 last season.
Multiple players from those two teams have gotten offers to play college football.