Luke Syverson begins his second season at the helm of the Vikings' Men’s and Women’s Track & Field programs after being hired in June of 2015 to bring back the revitalized program. Syverson also serves as the Assistant Cross-Country coach and is the campus advisor for Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Berry’s program started off strong in its first year as a full team, as the women finished fourth and the men fifth at the 2016 SAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Eight Vikings earned All-SAA honors in 10 events with individual conference titles won in Men’s PV and 800m and Women’s Javelin, Long Jump, and Steeplechase. Viking Women broke SAA Conference records in both the Javelin and Steeplechase. In addition to the conference championship success, Berry athletes broke six Indoor and eight Outdoor school records in its first year as a full program since 1983.
Prior to Berry, Syverson served as the Assistant Track & Field and Cross-Country coach at NCAA DI Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. While at Lipscomb, Syverson served as the recruiting coordinator for Track & Field and Men’s distance events. Lipscomb won four Atlantic Sun Conference titles in Women’s Cross-Country and two in Men’s Cross-Country, the Bison’s first conference championships in those two sports, during his time there. He also coached three-time NCAA DI All-American, Gemikal Prude, in the Men’s HJ to a school record height of 7’ 3.5”.
Syverson’s athletes also captured numerous ASUN titles in the Discus and Javelin along with three different student-athletes qualifying for the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships. Syverson coached field event athletes set or broke 18 Indoor and Outdoor school records at Lipscomb.
Prior to moving to Nashville, Syverson was the Athletic Director and Dean of Students at Mount Rainier Lutheran HS in Tacoma, Wash., from 2005-2010. Syverson was charged with creating the first athletic program at the new school and became the school’s first XC and track & field coach. In his five years there, Syverson’s teams captured three WIAA state track & field championships, sweeping both the boy’s and girl’s titles in 2010. It was the first time a school in their classification had swept both titles in state history. He was named Sea-Tac League Coach of the Year six times in XC and Track.
Between 1996 and 2002, Syverson served as the assistant track & field coach at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., where he was responsible for coaching the jumps. Whitworth had numerous conference and NAIA and NCAA DIII national qualifiers in the jumps under Syverson’s guidance.
Syverson has coached all event areas at both the HS and Collegiate level. He is a USATF Level 1 and 2 certified coach in the Sprints/Hurdles/Relays. He also holds a USTFCCCA Technical Coaching certification in the Throws and is completing his Master’s Coaching Endorsement in the Javelin through the USTFCCCA.
Syverson competed in the Long Jump and Triple Jump for Washington State University of the Pac-12 Conference and completed his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University in Physical Education and Outdoor Recreation in 1998.
Luke and his wife, Sarah, have four children and live in Rome.