Iain Byers is in his 10th year at Longwood University during 2014-15, and in his seventh year as head coach following his appointment in April 2008 with a five-year overall record of 59-70. He previously served as an assistant coach since 2005, and earned his US Level 2 Coaching Qualification in January 2009. Byers guided the Lancers to a 10-12 overall mark in 2013, including a 6-2 Northern Pacific Field Hockey Conference (NorPac) record, a 4-4 record at home and a third-place finish at the NorPac Tournament.
In 2012, Byers led Longwood to an overall record of 8-13, including 5-6 at home and 6-2 in the NorPac, while finishing fifth at the NorPac Tournament. Byers led Longwood to an overall record of 13-9 in 2011, including 6-3 at home and 5-1 in the NorPac, while finishing third at the NorPac Tournament. It was the most wins for the program since 2000. Byers' squad compiled an overall record of 8-13 during 2010, including 4-2 in the NorPac while finishing third at the NorPac Tournament. He led the Lancers to an overall record of 10-11 during 2009, including 4-2 in the NorPac while finishing fourth at the NorPac Tournament. Byers led Longwood to an overall record of 10-12 during 2008, including 3-3 in the NorPac and a third-place finish at the NorPac Tournament. For his efforts, he was selected as the NorPac Coach of the Year during his first year as a head coach. During his tenure, 15 Lancers have earned All-NorPac honors, including one Offensive Players of the Year (2008), one East Division Player of the Year (2012) and three East Division Offensive/Defensive Players of the Year. Seventeen of Byers’ student-athletes have been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I All-Academic Squad, while four standouts have received selections to the NFHCA All-South Region Team (2008, 2011, 2012).
Byers has handled many responsibilities over the past eight years, including coordination of team travel, team and opponent video analysis, planning and executing practices, all aspects of recruiting, developing game strategies, event organization and fundraising, and working with team members to attain specific personal and team goals. He developed the first Longwood Preseason Camp and Play-Days, successful events that have raised over $10,000 for the program, and he has recruited the first International student-athletes to the team as well.
Byers has worked extensively within the US Field Hockey structure, has coached at the US High Performance Level with the South Region from 2009-2011, and ran the Futures Elite Academy site in 2012. He has also had experience with the US Coaching Accreditation level 3, the highest level of coaching in the US. He was an assistant coach at Lock Haven University during 2004 (19-1, 8-0 Northeast Conference), and helped coach at St. Louis University during the 2003 preseason while assisting at the 2003 Champions Edge Elite Camps in Princeton, New Jersey as well. Byers was a player/coach for Canterbury Christ Church University College in Canterbury, England during 2000-01, coached with the Canterbury Hockey Club (2001-05), and at the Sir Joseph Williamson Mathematical School (1998).
A native of Canterbury, England, Byers earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business studies with a concentration in sport psychology and coaching from Canterbury Christ Church. He played three years of field hockey at Canterbury Christ Church. His wife, Jennifer, is a volunteer assistant field hockey coach at the University of Richmond. They were married in 2012.