During the 2019 season, Coach Pyle led Long Jumper Jarvis Gotch to a tie for 3rd at the USATF Outdoor Championships, with a mark of 8.02m (26'4"). Earlier in the season, High Jumper Jeron Robinson won the USATF Indoor Championships to follow up on his victory eight months earlier at the 2018 USATF Outdoor Championships.
In 2018, Pyle became the first coach in US history to have led both an American male and female high jumper to a top-10 final world ranking. The 2018 season saw Jeron Robinson win the USA Outdoor Championship title with a personal-best jump of 2.31m (7’7”), win gold at the Athletics World Cup, as well as winning gold at the NACAC Championship. Robinson finished the season with a #8 world ranking by Track and Field News.
During the 2016 season, Pyle coached Inika McPherson to a 10th place finish in the women's high jump final at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Prior to the Olympic Games, McPherson finished 3rd at the 2016 USA Olympic Trials, to complete the three-member team to represent the USA in Rio. McPherson would finish the 2016 season with a #10 world ranking by Track and Field News.
In 2015, Pyle produced a Nigerian national champion in the women’s 100m when Gloria Asumnu took the title at the Nigerian National Championships. Later that summer, Asumnu would represent Nigeria in the women’s 4x100m relay at the IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Beijing, China.
In 2014, Pyle led McPherson to a win at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships and a 12th place overall finish at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland. Later that season, McPherson would win the women's high jump crown at the USA Outdoor Championships, jumping a personal-best of 2.00m (6-6.75) to become the shortest woman (1.63m/5’4”) ever to clear the two-meter barrier, and in turn, setting a height-over-head world record. She finished the 2014 season with the second highest jump in the world.
During the 2013 season, multi-event athlete Ryan Harlan would finish 2nd at the USA Indoor Championships in the men’s heptathlon. The season was capped off by a 2nd place finish by McPherson at the USA Outdoor Championships, solidifying her place on Team USA at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia.
The early years of the Owl Athletic Club were based in success in the men’s decathlon. In 2011, Harlan finished 2nd at the USA Outdoor Championships with a score of 8011pts to make the USA team for the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Korea. Prior to that, in 2010, Darius Draudvila, competing for Lithuania, placed 5th at the 2010 European Championships with a personal-best score of 8032pts. Draudvila would represent Lithuania in the men’s decathlon at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu.
The OAC has produced one Olympian and five IAAF World Championship team members in Robinson (USA: Men’s High Jump), McPherson (USA: Women's High Jump), Gloria Asumnu (Nigeria: Women’s 4x100m Relay), Ryan Harlan (USA: Men's Decathlon), and Darius Draudvila (Lithuania: Men's Decathlon).
Collegiately, Pyle has coached at the University of Memphis, as well as six seasons at Rice University. Pyle spent one season at Memphis, and in that time made an immediate impact. In the 2017 season, Pyle’s jumpers won five medals, including four gold. That season saw sophomore Jordan Wesner sweep the conference championship titles while producing a personal-best jump of 2.23m (7’3”). Wesner finished the season with a top-10 finish at the USA Outdoor Championships.
During his six seasons at Rice University (2009-2015), Pyle coached the high jumpers and wrote the physical training for pole vaulters. He guided the Rice Owl jumpers to nine Conference USA championship medals, including six gold. Chris Pillow won five C-USA men's pole vault titles and finished his career as a three-time All-American. In 2015, Pillow would also add a USA Indoor Championships 2nd place finish to his resume, with a personal-best jump of 5.60m (18’5”). In the high jump, Pyle coached Belle MacFarlane to the C-USA Indoor women's high jump crown and outdoor All-American status at the NCAA Outdoor Championship Final in Eugene, Oregon.
Pyle competed collegiately at Kansas State University as a multi-event athlete, earning All-Big 12 Conference honors in the decathlon, heptathlon and 4x100 meter relay. He earned a BS from Kansas State University in 2002, and holds coaching education credentials through USATF, the USTFCCCA, and USAW.