“Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it.” --Proverbs 22:6
From emphasizing individual technique and ball control to teaching self-discipline, leadership and virtue, Proverbs 22:6 has been at the core of Mike Lynch’s coaching philosophy for three decades.
Lynch came to Belmont Abbey in June, 2011 with a clear mission to graduate leaders committed to excellence and virtue, win the Conference Carolinas and advance at the postseason NCAA national tournament. In his first five seasons at the Abbey, Lynch’s teams have gone 67-31-10, winning two conference championships and one regular-season title, while making three NCAA tournament appearances, including a spot in the regional final in 2013.
Prior to his appointment at the Abbey, Lynch held head coaching stints at Nebraska Wesleyan and Truman State, plus an assistant coaching position at the United States Air Force Academy.
In the classroom, the team has earned three National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Awards recognizing a team grade point average above 3.0 and two NSCAA Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Awards for receiving no red cards and less than 10 yellow cards over the entire season. In 2014, the Abbey Women’s Soccer Team was one of eleven out of 2975 college soccer programs in the United States (top 1%) to earn both the Team Academic and Team Ethics/Sportsmanship Awards while also winning that same year’s conference championship.
Lynch played college soccer at the Air Force Academy, serving as team captain and earning all-league and all-region accolades. He earned the US Soccer Federation National “A” Coaching license in 1992 and the NSCAA “Premier” Diploma and US Soccer Federation National “Youth” Coaching license in 2010. Lynch has been heavily involved in youth soccer including Olympic Development Program (ODP) and select club soccer teams in Ohio, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, and North Carolina. Lynch’s club teams won the 1997 Colorado U-18 girls and 2010 Nebraska U-13 boys state championships. His 2010 U-13 Boys team also won the Region II Fair Play award at the Regional Championships recognizing coach, player and parent sportsmanship. Lynch earned a Master of Science degree from Central Michigan University.
In addition to the college coaching profession, Lynch served as an officer in the United States Air Force and also worked as a manager in the healthcare industry. In 2009, Lynch founded WINning Coaching LLC, a company specializing in developing leadership, performance and virtue in business and sport. Growing up a military “brat,” Lynch lived all over the United States. He followed his father’s footsteps into the Air Force, marking his family’s six straight generations of military service dating back to the US Civil War.
Lynch is married and has three children. He and his family love most anything outdoors (skiing, biking, hiking, boating, running). Lynch, an avid runner until undergoing bilateral hip resurfacing surgeries, has completed several marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2004.