John Lynch Named Cross Country Head Coach
Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton has announced the hiring of John Lynch as the head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country teams. He joins the staff after serving as a head coach at Plattsburgh State for the past six years. Lynch takes over the program from Colin Tory, who served at the helm for 10 seasons and will remain as the head coach for the indoor and outdoor track & field programs.
“We are excited to have John join our team,” said Knowlton. “His passion for the sport is contagious and his extensive record of success will help our student-athletes continue to develop on and off the field.”
Lynch guided the Cardinals cross country programs for the last six seasons, including the last three as the director of track & field and cross country. In his career, Lynch has coached 24 NCAA All-Americans, 38 automatic and provisional qualifiers, 59 all-conference honorees, and 20 league champions in cross country and track. In July 2007, he earned endorsement as a Level 1 coach by USA Track & Field.
Among the successes during his tenure, in 2010-11 student-athlete Mike Heymann earned three more All-American honors to finish his Cardinal career with seven total. Heymann finished fifth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, sixth at the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, and fourth in the 10,000-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Lynch, who will also serve as an assistant coach for the Engineers indoor and outdoor track & field teams, sent his biggest squad of Cardinal athletes to the NCAA Championships in his Plattsburgh tenure with eight individuals competing at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Lynch led Plattsburgh to its best women’s cross country season ever in 2007, when the Cardinals were the national runner-up in NCAA Division III.
The program also set a school record with a No. 5 national ranking in the final poll and appeared in every poll during the season. The Cardinals captured their first Atlantic championship and third regional title in school history behind All-American performances from Allison Busby (6th), Toni Wiszowaty (7th), and Alyssa Recny (17th).
The squad was also named an All-America Scholar Team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, while Lynch was tabbed as the 2007 USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Women’s Coach of the Year.
Lynch received a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and sport studies from Cortland State in 2005. He was an accomplished distance runner for the Red Dragons’ track squad, setting school records in the distance medley relay while participating on several indoor and outdoor SUNYAC championship teams.