University of Kentucky Diving Coach MIKE LYDEN has been named the recipient of the 2008 WHOSAM Award given annually by Double Olympic Diving Gold Medallist Dr. Sammy Lee. The award is presented to one diving coach each year "For commitment to excellence and dedication to the highest physical, mental and spiritual ideals." Mike was named NCAA Diving Coach of the Year in 1996 and has produced nearly 50 NCAA All-Americans. He has earned SEC Diving Coach of Year NINE times and produced 13 SEC Champions. In addition, Mike is regarded by many as one of the top Junior Olympic Diving Coaches in the country having produced numerous JO National Champions.
"Iron Mike" is currently battling Stage 4 Lung Cancer but felt well enough to go out and get a steak at his favorite steakhouse -- Malone's in Lexington, KY. Former WHOSAM Award winners Joe Chirico and Steve Voellmecke along with legendary diving coach Stan Randall made the trip to Lexington, KY to present the WHOSAM Award to Mike and his Family. Mike was also honored at Malone's Steakhouse that evening by being added to their UK Athletic Wall of Fame.
Mike, his wife Emily and their three children Jessica, Jack and Brittany are very grateful for the outpouring of support and offers for help they have been receiving from the diving community. They ask for your continued thoughts and prayers as they continue this battle.