Daniel Lyons rowed at the US Naval Academy and then was with the US National team from 1981-88, culminating with his 1988 Olympic appearance. Lyons won a gold medal in the eight at the 1983 Pan American Games, with the pinnacle of his career being a 1986 World Championship gold in the four. He also won bronze medals at the World Championships in the 1981 eight and the 1987 four.
In addition to his Annapolis degree, Lyons received a degree in politics, philosophy, and economics from Oxford in 1987, and a mastersâ degree in American history from Villanova. He taught at both the US Naval Academy and Rutgers University. He later founded Team Concepts which consults on team building in businesses and corporations. Lyons has also coached rowing, with various stints at the US Naval Academy, Oxford, Stanford, Drexel University, and Georgetown, eventually becoming head elite coach at Penn AC in Philadelphia. Lyons coached the US National Team at the 1997 World Championships, the same year he was inducted into the US Rowing Hall of Fame.