âAs crazy as COVID was and having to organize everything and put everything in place as a sporting director there, it really helped and prepared me for this next role and everything that goes with it,â Lyerly said. âBuilding relationships with the community, I think, is the most important factor when you’re in this role. And these are student services too, which ensure that your athletes are taken care of and have a chance to succeed.
Lyerly is from Newton, graduated from Newton-Conover High in 2006 after playing both basketball and football. He also played both of these sports at Mars Hill, including on the hardwood of Hall of Fame coach Terry Rogers, half the namesake of Freedom Gym after training there for many years at the championship level. of state.
âI’m a transplant, as it seems. I’m not a Freedom graduate, but I understand the culture, âLyerly said. âI played for Terry Rogers, who was my varsity coach and obviously (Casey) Rogers’ dad. I had that lineage there, and my stepfather Max Bristol was prominent in the community and played Freedom and was a local pastor at New Hope in Christ Baptist Church. I have to thank these people, my wife, my three boys and my family for being such a great support system for me and for supporting me in this role and transition.
Prior to coming to Freedom, Lyerly was the boys’ basketball head coach at West Caldwell High for two years. In their final season at Gamewell, Lyerly’s team were co-conference champions and advanced a few laps in the NCHSAA 2A playoffs. But while training is in her blood, Lyerly doesn’t expect to be back on the FHS staff unless something changes, sticking to her administrative duties.