Lyndon McDowell was hired as coach of the sprinters and hurdlers at South Dakota State University in the fall of 2009 after spending the previous season serving as an interim assistant.
A multi-time runner-up in the decathlon and heptathlon in the Big 10 Conference while at the University of Minnesota, McDowell brings a strong background of practical experience in all event areas. McDowell continues to compete at a high level, currently holding the fourth-place ranking as a decathlete in his home country of Canada.
McDowell previously coached at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he was responsible for coaching the jumps and multi-events. At Minnesota State, McDowell’s group captured several individual North Central Conference championships in the men’s decathlon, men’s and women’s high jump, men’s and women’s triple jump, and men’s and women’s long jump.
McDowell had continued success at the national level where he coached five Division II All-Americans in the jumps in both 2004 and 2005, as well as four All-Americans in 2006. Athletes he has trained have won four Division II national championships, as well as event titles at the Drake Relays and USA Championships in the high jump.
During his three years as a graduate assistant and jumps/decathlon coach at Minnesota State, the Mavericks won three conference championships.
McDowell holds the freshman and varsity pentathlon record at the University of Minnesota. He finished third at the Canadian National Championships in 2003, and earned fourth place in 2007.