Travis Lyons, a former assistant coach at Manhattan College, begins his seventh year as a member of the Fordham University men's basketball program after two years across the Bronx with the Jaspers.
Lyons, who was an assistant at Manhattan College from 2001-2003, brings a wealth of basketball experience to Rose Hill. As a member of the Manhattan staff, he helped the Jaspers to a 23-7 record in 2003 and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship. The Jaspers received the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament that year where they fell to eventual national champions Syracuse University in Boston.
In his first year on the Manhattan coaching staff, Lyons helped the Jaspers to a 20-9 record and a National Invitational Tournament (NIT) bid.
Prior to coaching at Manhattan, Lyons spent two years under former Manhattan head coach Fran Fraschilla, who recruited Lyons to Manhattan, at the University of New Mexico. He was responsible for recruiting, player development, on-floor coaching, and scouting for the Lobos.
Lyons, a 1998 Manhattan College graduate, played professionally in Europe from 1998-1999 for the Alicante Team in Spain's professional league and for the Eztella Team in Luxembourg.
As a player at Manhattan, Lyons was a valuable part of the 1995 squad which received an NCAA at-large bid with a 26-5 record, becoming the first MAAC team to earn an NCAA at-large bid. The Jaspers defeated Oklahoma in the first round before falling to Arizona State in the second.
Lyons also served as a captain his senior year of the 1996 squad which went to the NIT. As a senior, Lyons averaged 16.4 ppg, shot 62.1% from the floor and pulled down 7.6 rebounds.
Lyons' 54.4 career field goal shooting percentage ranked sixth on the Manhattan career list.