Dan Lyons is the Founder and President of Team Concepts, Inc. (1995) and founder of the nonprofit Champions of Hope, Inc. (2002). As an oarsman, Dan rowed on seven U.S. national teams; during that period, he won two world bronze medals, a world gold medal and a Pan-American gold medal. In 1988, he competed in the Seoul Olympics in the coxed pair. He has won 11 national championships in various events. Since 1983, Dan has coached at the US Naval Academy, St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia, Oxford University, Stanford University, Drexel University and Georgetown University. At present, he is an elite coach at Penn Athletic Club in Philadelphia.
Dan’s remarkable rowing career was recognized in 1997 when he was inducted into the U.S. Rowing Hall of Fame in Mystic, Connecticut. He is the subject of two books, True Blue and The Yanks at Oxford, as well as the movie True Blue, which depicts events during the famous "Oxford Mutiny" in 1986.
Dan is noted for his intelligent seminars on a wide range of topics related to teams, team building and leadership, all which reflect his unique combination of high achievement in the sport of rowing, his perspective as a coach and his extensive knowledge of military and ancient history. He has taught history at the US Naval Academy and Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey.
B.S., U.S. Naval Academy; M.S., Oxford University, England; M.A., Villanova University. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. in Military History and Foreign Policy.