by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Five years ago, Bobby Lyle was getting ready for the upcoming high school season.
He’s doing the same thing this year.
Of course, the circumstances are just a little different these days.
Lyle was named Hudson High School’s head ice hockey coach earlier in the fall. Lyle, a 2007 Hudson graduate, played both ice hockey and lacrosse for the Explorers.
While this is Lyle’s first head coaching gig, he has some coaching experience.
He was a volunteer coach for the Hudson ice hockey team during the 2008-09 season and worked as a coach and counselor for Kent Hockey Schools the past five summers.
Lyle also spent the last five summers as a USA Hockey Mid-Am District coach and counselor and has been the Learn to Play Hockey and USA Hockey Red, White and Blue instructor at Kent State Ice Arena.
“I’m excited,” Lyle said. “I have experience the past couple of summers with Kent Hockey Schools. There are more responsibilities and more accountability for a head coach.”
Lyle replaces his former coach, Matt Bartley, who resigned during the off-season. Lyle, who graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Integrated Social Studies in May, played forward on both the Hudson and Kent State ice hockey squads. He also was a starting goalkeeper for Hudson’s lacrosse team, which reached the state finals in 2007, and was a team captain at Kent State his final two years.
Kent State’s ice hockey team competed in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
“I am very pleased to have Bobby Lyle returning to our program in the position of head coach,” Hudson athletic director Ray Ebersole said. “Bobby is a graduate of Hudson and was an excellent player in our program. He is a person of high integrity and character and we look forward to the transition under his leadership and direction.
“We also greatly appreciate all of the contributions Matt Bartley made to our program and wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”
The names Lyle and Davis have been synonymous with the Hudson ice hockey program. Lyle’s stepfather, Don Davis, helped get the team started in 1997. Lyle’s older brother Will and stepbrothers Kenny and Andy Davis played for the Explorers.
“There was someone from my family in the program from the start until I graduated,” Lyle said.
Lyle is the co-defensive coordinator for the Hudson boys lacrosse team and works at Midwest Lacrosse in Twinsburg. He is a substitute teacher in Summit County.