Co-Head Coach Rachel Lyons
Coach Lyons has been a part of the Clinton Girls coaching staff since the 2011-2012 season. She is an alumnus from Clinton (class of 2004) and currently holds the indoor 200m dash school record, as well as the outdoor 400m dash & 800 medley relay record. Rachel then went on to run at Illinois Wesleyan University where she was a 7-time NCAA Division III National Champion and a 16-time All-American. IWU also won the team indoor & outdoor NCAA National Championship in 2008. She is so thankful to have the opportunity to coach and has a special interest in sprints, sprint relays, and hurdles.
Rachel is a pharmacist at Advocate BroMenn in Normal and resides in Clinton with her husband, Gage (a fellow CHS grad), son Benjamin and daughter Andi. You may reach Rachel by email at [email protected]
Asst. Coach Ken Lovett
Ken has been coaching for over 30 years. A former gymnast, Ken competed through high school and was on the men’s competitive team at Illinois State University. After graduating, Ken was assistant coach for the ISU women’s gymnastics team and head coach at Gymnastics Etc. in Normal. Starting 1990, Ken served as assistant coach at Midstate Gymnastics in Springfield until 2007. Through his experiences of competing and coaching gymnastics, Ken has gained a vast knowledge of biomechanics, body movement, strength training and competitive readiness. In 2009, Ken’s daughter Sadie, began pole vaulting. The biomechanics of pole vaulting being very similar to that of gymnastics, Ken began learning the proper techniques for competitive pole vaulting. Ken now focuses his coaching experience on competitive pole vaulting, working with some of the best pole vaulting coaches in the nation as a volunteer assistant coach at the Flying Dragons Pole Vault Club in Bloomington and bringing that experience to Clinton where he hopes to help as many athletes learn and enjoy the exciting sport of pole vaulting.
Coach Darren Moser joined the Clinton Girls Track Team in 2016 with an emphasis in coaching the throwing events. Coach Moser began his track and field career at Oregon, Illinois where he was active in football and “Field” & track. Darren was a stand out athlete in northern Illinois and still holds the Oregon High School shot put and discus records (1997) plus several other honors in Northwestern Illinois. Darren was an IHSA state qualifier and medaled in the throws 3 of the 4 years of high school. He continued his career collegiately at Western Illinois University on scholarship competing in both football and field & track. Throughout his college career, he was on several conference championship teams (3 football & 2 track). Darren was fortunate enough to be on the only 2 men’s Outdoor NCAA Division 1 Conference Championship teams in school history. Darren earned 14 all-conference honors while at WIU and is still on the top 10 list for Shot Put, Discus, & Weight Throw. Darren gives lots of credit in his sports career to his high school assistant Hall of Fame track (field) coach, mentor, and friend Doug Engle. Darren is so thankful to have been given the opportunity to coach his passion and make a positive difference in a student-athlete. Darren also volunteers with the Clinton JFL as a coach and serves on the Clinton YMCA board. He currently works as a Soil Conservationist for the U.S Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service in Decatur, Illinois. Darren resides in Clinton with his high school sweetheart Amanda (1st grade teacher in Clinton), son Drew, and daughter Abigail.