October 15, 2015

Lebanon Valley Football - Byers' Pregame Speech Inspires Football on Homecoming

ANNVILLE, Pa. – Less than 24 hours after his induction into the Lebanon Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame, former men's basketball and golf standout Jon-David (JD) Byers '05 met with the LVC football team prior to the squad's Homecoming outing against FDU-Florham.

On Saturday morning, Byers gave an impassioned speech to the Flying Dutchmen players, covering everything from what it means to love your teammates to what it means to be a leader to the importance of coaching and enjoying one's time as a student-athlete. The two-time all-American's words seemed to inspire LVC as the team played its best game of the fall in a 56-14 victory a few hours later.

Byers is one of just five men's basketball players to have his jersey retired. As a senior, he was named an NABC First-Team All-American and led the Dutchmen to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Byers was pegged an academic all-American three times including twice in one year as a golfer and sharpshooting point guard during his junior campaign. In 2005, he won the Josten's Trophy, awarded to college basketball's top student-athlete, and was named the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-American of the Year. In 2013, the two-time Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year and 1,898 point-scorer was named to the MAC's All-Century Men's Basketball Team. He currently mans the sidelines at Rice University as an assistant for the Owls' men's team under fellow LVC Hall of Famer Mike Rhoades '95.

The Dutchmen have their bye coming up next weekend. LVC gets back to conference play at Wilkes on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 24. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.