NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After spending the last five years as assistant track and field and cross country coach for Lipscomb, Luke Syverson has been named the head men’s and women’s track and field coach for Berry College in Rome, Georgia.
Syverson looks to revive the Vikings NCAA Division III program that will compete for the first time in 20 years.
“First, I want to thank Coach Taylor and Philip Hutchinson for the opportunity I've had over the last five years,” said Syverson. “Lipscomb is an incredible university and continues to get better in every way. It has been a joy for my family and I to have been a part of that and I appreciate the support and love Lipscomb has shown us.
“There are many coaches, administrators, staff and professors who I have been blessed to know and they will all be missed. But most of all, I will miss the student-athletes that are and have been in the program and wish all of the teams the best. I'm excited to begin another chapter in my career and look forward to building another successful program at Berry."
While a member of the Bisons staff, Syverson has helped lead the Lipscomb program to unprecedented successes in both cross country and track and field during his tenure in Nashville.
"Luke was the first full time assistant coach I've ever had,” said Lipscomb director of track and field and cross country Bill Taylor. “I hired him because he fit the Lipscomb culture perfectly and he fit my philosophy of building a program on full person development. He has built incredible relationships here, has a superior work ethic, is an unbelievable recruiter and is a great friend.
Taylor continued that he believes that Berry was the right fit for Syverson to make the jump to lead his own program.
"When I hired Luke I knew that eventually he would like to be a head collegiate coach somewhere. The timing, location and environment were right at Berry at this time. He is super excited to build a program of his own, and we are super excited for Luke to get this opportunity. I know I speak for the whole Lipscomb community when I say that we wish the absolute best for Luke and his family."