Bill Lynch to Remain Hoosier Head Coach
Nov. 26, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan has announced that Bill Lynch, who led the Hoosier football program to a 7-5 record and likely its first bowl appearance since the 1993 Independence Bowl, signed an agreement to remain head coach through July 1, 2012. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"Bill Lynch and his staff showed great leadership under trying circumstances," Greenspan said. "We are confident that the program can achieve consistent success under Bill's leadership."
President Michael McRobbie accepted the recommendation from Greenspan and expressed his strong personal support for Coach Lynch.
"Our football team this year was more competitive and generated more enthusiasm and fan support than in any year since I have been at IU," McRobbie said. "I am extremely proud of our players and of the job Bill Lynch has done under very difficult circumstances. He has earned the title of head coach and I am confident that he will have the full support of all Hoosier fans."
Greenspan indicated that he and President McRobbie consulted widely about potential coaching options before concluding that Lynch was best positioned to lead the Hoosiers and build on this year's success.
Lynch led Indiana to its most wins since 1993, bowl eligibility for the first time since 1994 and its first Old Oaken Bucket victory since 2001. The team's seven victories are the second most for a first-year Hoosier head coach, trailing only James M. Sheldon, who went 8-1-1 in 1905.
"I would like to thank President McRobbie, the Board of Trustees and Mr. Greenspan for the opportunity to represent Indiana University as its head football coach," Lynch said. "This team took a big step toward bringing Indiana Football to a new level of success. I also want to thank the players, coaching staff and IU community for their unwavering support."
Lynch was named Indiana University's 27th head football coach on June 15, 2007. In his 15th season as a head coach, he has compiled an 88-72-3 record with stops in Bloomington, Butler, Ball State and DePauw. He has won or shared seven conference or divisional titles in those 15 seasons. Lynch has 31 overall years of coaching experience, spending 30 of those seasons in the state of Indiana.
"Appointing Bill Lynch is a very positive step for Indiana University," Floyd Keith, Black Coaches and Administrators Executive Director, said. "With the difficult circumstances that have transpired at IU in the past year, Bill performed in a very positive and professional way. I don't think there was any other decision that could have been made. He'll be just super - Indiana has made a sound, smart and logical choice in selecting Bill Lynch."
Lynch served as interim head coach for two games in 2006 and led the Hoosiers during 2007 spring practice. In his first two campaigns in Bloomington, he served as the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and tight ends coach. This is Lynch's second stint at IU, as he was the Hoosiers' quarterbacks coach in 1993-94.
The veteran coach returned to Bloomington after directing DePauw to an 8-2 record en route to Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Co-Coach of the Year honors in 2004. Lynch was the first coach in SCAC history to earn the award in his debut campaign after his team went 5-1 to capture the league championship.
Lynch was head coach at Ball State from 1995-02. During his tenure in Muncie, the Cardinals won at least six games in three seasons, including a 7-4 mark in 1995 and an 8-4 record the following season. The 1995 team posted a 6-2 record and tied for third in the Mid-American Conference, while Lynch's 1996 team captured the MAC Championship at 7-1 and earned a trip to the Las Vegas Bowl. Ball State also laid claim to the 2001 MAC West title after claiming third-place finishes in 1997 and 2000.
A 1977 Butler graduate and four-year letterwinner in both football and basketball, Lynch quarterbacked the Bulldogs to a 28-12 overall record and three conference championships. He earned Indiana Collegiate Conference Most Valuable Player honors in each of his final three seasons. Lynch led the nation in pass completion percentage in 1975 and captained both sports his senior campaign.
A three-time Little All-American, Lynch became the first athlete to twice be named recipient of the prestigious Tony Hinkle Award, presented by the ICC for outstanding scholastic and athletic achievement. He finished his career with 5,909 passing yards and 60 touchdowns. Lynch also set a Butler men's basketball school record by handing out 121 assists in 1975-76, and he was inducted into the Butler Hall of Fame in 2000.
Upon graduation, Lynch spent seven seasons as a Bulldog assistant coach, including stints as the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach, recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator. He moved on to Northern Illinois as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator in 1984 and was quarterbacks coach of the Orlando Renegades of the United States Football League (USFL) in the winter of 1984.
Lynch returned to his alma mater as head coach in 1985 and compiled a 36-12-3 record over the next five seasons. Butler won four Heartland Collegiate Conference titles during his tenure, and he won conference Coach of the Year honors on three occasions. Four of Lynch's five squads were ranked among the top 20 of NCAA Division II, and he twice earned AFCA Regional Coach of the Year laurels.
He moved on to Ball State as the Cardinals' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 1990-92, where he worked with eventual NFL running backs Bernie Parmalee (Miami Dolphins and New York Jets) and Corey Croom (New England Patriots).
From Ball State, Lynch moved on to Indiana, where he oversaw the quarterbacks in 1993 and 1994 and helped the Hoosiers to the 1993 Independence Bowl.
Lynch and his wife, Linda, have four children - Billy (Carla), Kelly (Lucas Manor), Joey (Danielle) and Kevin - and six grandchildren - Lindsey (1) and Max (newborn) Lynch (Billy and Carla - parents); Joe Jr. (newborn) Lynch (Joey and Danielle - parents); and Lexie (7), Maggie (5) and Jonny (2) Manor (Kelly and Lucas - parents). Billy is the Hoosiers' wide receivers coach, while Joey, who played quarterback at Ball State (2003-06), is the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind. Kevin is a junior wide receiver on the Franklin (Ind.) College football team.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT Bill Lynch...
"The Hoeppner family is ecstatic and grateful Indiana University has made this decision. We are thrilled for Bill, the coaching staff and all of those players, who did not quit all season and have us all looking forward to a bowl game. Bill got these kids to play their hearts out and put together such an incredible season. The program is in great hands with Bill Lynch at the helm." -Jane Hoeppner
"I want to congratulate Bill Lynch on being named the head football coach at Indiana University through 2011. Bill stepped in under challenging circumstances, guided the team to seven wins this year and deserves this opportunity to continue leading the Hoosiers program." -Jim Delany, Big Ten Conference Commissioner
"I'm just very, very pleased for Bill, his family, the entire coaching staff and all of the players. There are just so many positives that come from this. Bill Lynch is a quality, quality person and the program is in excellent hands. This brings stability to the program and I'm very optimistic about the future of IU Football." -Bill Mallory, Indiana's all-time winningest head coach (1984-96)
"Bill Lynch brings all of the finest qualities of Coach Bill Mallory back to the IU Football program. As I talk to my teammates from the Mallory Era, I can assure you that they are 100 percent in enthusiastic approval of Bill Lynch as our head football coach. I am confident he can add to our success in 2007 and start a run of bowl games that we had enjoyed under Coach Mallory." -Anthony Thompson, Indiana's career rushing leader (1986-89)
"Coach Lynch is the perfect selection for Indiana. He has all the ingredients a successful head coach needs. Bill has the unquestioned integrity to lead the Hoosiers forward to being very, very successful. He already has one ingredient from that list - BEATING PURDUE!" -Lee Corso, former Indiana head coach (1973-82) and ESPN College GameDay studio analyst
"The university and administration have done their homework and Bill Lynch is the best choice for our program. His extraordinary display of leadership throughout this process has been a great example and inspiration for all of us. He will not, nor will he ever let this team, "quit!" Bill Lynch will lead these young men, not only in the game of football but also in the game of life." -Harold Mauro, Indiana Director of Football Operations
"We are really excited for Bill Lynch. You cannot ask for a better person. Bill had always bent over backward for our organization and the coaches in this state. We are happy he will continue to promote the game of football not only at Indiana University but throughout the state of Indiana." -Dave Land, Indiana High School Football Coaches Association Executive Director
"Coach Lynch has done an unbelievable job given the circumstances we had to deal with this season. He has kept this team together through the toughest times we have ever faced and brought us even closer together not only as a team, but more importantly as a family. My teammates and I are more than grateful to have Coach Lynch as our head coach and as our leader. I believe that no one deserves the head coaching position more than he does and Coach Lynch is my Coach of the Year." -Tracy Porter, senior cornerback and co-captain
"Coach Lynch has done a great job of leading us through the difficulty of losing Coach Hep. He has taught us through the course of the season how to take the season one day at a time and prepare for each game with great focus. No one else could do a better job leading this program into the future." -Josiah Sears, senior fullback and co-captain
"Coach Lynch has done a wonderful job leading this program to success. We are very fortunate to have a man like Coach Lynch take over our team under the circumstances he faced. I know he'll do a great job leading all of us to become not only the best football players we can be but also the best men we can be." -James Hardy, junior wide receiver
"I think it was a great decision to keep Coach Lynch. Not only did he post a winning record this season, but he kept this team together. It provides us with some stability and we can now move forward and prepare for our bowl game." -Kellen Lewis, sophomore quarterback
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