Luke Syverson was hired in June of 2015 to lead the revitalization of Berry College's Track and Field programs. He also serves as the Assistant Cross Country coach and is the campus advisor for Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Syverson has coached a combined 42 All-SAA selections, 86 SAA Academic Honor Roll honorees and 12 conference champions including Genesis Leggett who was named the league's Women's Field Athlete of the Year in 2017 and went on to qualify for the 2018 NCAA DIII Indoor National Championship in the weight throw. He also coached Alainna Chretien to the program's first NCAA DIII Outdoor Nationals qualifier in 2018.
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. The women's and men's teams followed up the performance in 2017 with a third and fourth place finish, respectively.
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 High Jump 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 High School 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 cross country 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 cross country 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 high school 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.