It was a Hollywood ending on Friday, for the Vinton-Shellsburg coach who is well-known for trying to avoid the spotlight.

VS Middle School track coach Don Lyle received recognition from his athletes and others on Friday. The team painted bus windows and decorated inside of it, in honor of his last ride with them. He plans to retire from coaching and teaching at the end of the school year.

Then, the 8th grade girls, whom he has coached for years, earned the WaMaC West Championship trophy, also in Hollywood style. Tied with Clear Creek Amana with 94 points going into the final event, the 4 x 400, the Vikettes finished second, one spot ahead of CCA, for a 102-100 edge in team points.

After learning they had won, the 8th graders took a victory lap around the Benton Community track, and Mr. Lyle gave each a high five as they finished. See a video of that HERE.

A fellow coach captured a photo of Mr. Lyle coming off the bus holding that trophy.

“It was pretty much a perfect ending,” says Vikette mom Rachel Dickinson, whose daughter Emma was among the 8th grade medalists, said on Saturday. “I’m happy for him, and my daughter was still pretty pumped this morning.”

The bus tribute was the latest for Lyle, who has been a coach and teacher at Vinton and then Vinton-Shellsburg since 1971, and is believed to be the longest serving teacher in district history. In March, VSMS students presented Mr. Lyle and also Mr. Herb McNeill with signs naming parts of the school hallway after each of them. See that story HERE.

Among Coach Lyle’s accomplishments is his nomination for national assistant coach of the year in 2012. See that story HERE.

WaMaC Middle School Meet results

While the 8th graders won the team trophy, the seventh grade team finished second to CCA.

The Vikette athletes earned medals in several events, and VSMS won three events, all in 8th grade competition. Those winners include:

Kayla Griffith, high jump, 4’8″;

Aza Swayzer, shot put, 31′, 8.25″;

800 SMR relay team, 2:07.57.

See complete results HERE.

See more photos of the bus tribute HERE.

There will be a retirement reception sponsored by the district on May 17, from 4-5:30 at the skate center.