Kyle Lillie was hired as the throws coach at Sacramento State in November 2018.
After a decorated career at Arizona State, Lillie began coaching at Husson University in Bangor, Maine in 2015. During his first season with the Eagles, Lillie coached a thrower to third place at the DIII New England Championships, a ninth-place finish at the NEICAAA Championships (all New England schools Div. I-III) and competed at the prestigious ECAC Championships.
Lille next moved to Mesa Community College in his homestate of Arizona. There, he coached six NJCAA All-Americans and 10 NJCAA national qualifiers.
“We hit a home run with the hiring of Kyle,” Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Kenny McDaniel said. “He brings experience from being coached by USTFCCA National Coach of the Year David Dumble who has produced numerous All-Americans in the throwing events. Kyle is a student of the throwing events, and a developer of throwers. He’s committed to training that will make our throwers better while paying close attention to the small details.”
Lillie competed at Arizona State from 2013-15 where he qualified for the NCAA Div. I Outdoor Championships in the hammer and scored for the Sun Devils at the Pac-12 Championships. He left ASU ranked seventh in school history in the weight throw (61-08.00), fourth in the hammer (210-02) and was 10th in the indoor shot put. He placed fifth at the Pac-12 Outdoor Championships in 2015 with a personal best of 61-02.25.
As a student-athlete at Glendale Community College, Lillie was a two-time NJCAA All-American in the shot put after winning the outdoor title and placing second indoors in 2012. He also qualified for the NJCAA National Championships in the hammer and discus.
Lillie graduated from Valley Vista HS in Arizona in 2010. As a senior, he was the Northwest Regional champion in the shot put and discus and placed second in the shot put at the Arizona State Championships. He still holds the Valley Vista school record in the shot put and discus.
Lillie graduated from Arizona State’s College of Public Service and Community Solutions with a degree in criminal justice/criminology in 2015. He has competed as a post-collegiate athlete in the hammer throw.
David Dumble, Oregon State Associate Head Coach (formerly at Arizona State)
“It was a pleasure coaching Kyle because of his energy and passion for throwing. All his hard work paid off during his time at ASU, and he developed himself to compete at the highest level in the NCAA. He was a very coachable athlete and a student of the sport.
“His positive energy will be a huge plus as he develops some great throwers at Sacramento State. I am very excited about this opportunity for Kyle, and I can’t wait to see what he can do with the throwing program.”