Lyons, Williams Named 2020-21 NFHS Sectional Coaches of the Year

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Two Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) head coaches were bestowed with recognition from the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association on Monday, as Central Valley’s Mark Lyons and Seneca Valley’s George Williams were named NFHS Sectional Coaches of the Year for the 2020-21 season.

LINK: PIAA Press Release

The NFHS is divided into eight geographical sections, with Pennsylvania being a member of Section 2 – Mideast which includes the states of Delaware, Washington DC, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. A total of eight coaches from Pennsylvania earned Sectional Coach of the Year accolades.

Lyons, the head coach of the Central Valley football team, led the Warriors to their first Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) 3A championship in 2020. Central Valley went 12-0 on the season, capturing the WPIAL crown with a 35-0 victory over Elizabeth Forward, then claimed state glory with a 35-21 triumph over Wyomissing. He has been at Central Valley since the merger of Monaca and Center High Schools in 2010, and in 2021, led the team to their third consecutive WPIAL and second straight PIAA championships.

Williams, the head coach of the Seneca Valley boys’ soccer team, guided the Raiders to their first PIAA 4A championship in 2020. Seneca Valley won its final 14 contests, finishing 17-1-1 overall while claiming Section, WPIAL, and PIAA gold. The Raiders came back to defeat Peters Township in overtime of the WPIAL 4A Championship, 4-3, and won the PIAA crown with a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Neshaminy. The 2020 Seneca Valley team broke school records for goals (74), assists (84), overall record, and highest national ranking (No. 11).

Previously, Lyons and Williams were two of four WPIAL coaches to earn PIAA/NFHS Coach of the Year plaudits. The two were joined by North Hills’ Libby Gasior (softball) and New Castle’s Bill Cook (baseball).

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