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Clemson Tabs Lynch for Coaching Job

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Clemson Tabs Lynch for Coaching Job

Steve Lynch is the new Clemson Coach. Alex Goff photo.

The Clemson University Rugby Club has announced that it has hired Steve Lynch formerly of the Glendale Raptors program, as the team's new Head Coach.

Lynch has coached in a variety of places, from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the All-Navy select team, and most recently in Colorado.

“We were humbled by the quality of the coaches interested in the position, and it was no easy task, but Coach Lynch stood out as the best fit to lead the students in reaching their goals,” said Robert Bortins, a member of the search committee, in a statement. Lynch will be relocating to Clemson, SC following his coaching commitment to the All Navy Select team’s competition at the Armed Forces Championships in mid-August.

Lynch, originally from Ellicott City, Md., is the Head Coach and Director of Rugby for the All Navy Select 15s and 7s sides, as well as a full-time coach for the Glendale Raptors with their U19 High Performance Academy. He has coached a number of Senior and Collegiate level programs throughout his 26 years of rugby ranging from Italy, New Zealand and the United States. His off the field resume is equally impressive with the skills needed to increase the visibility and leadership opportunities for the students in the community.

“We are confident that Coach Lynch is going to build the program to a point where we are the toughest team to play on the pitch," said rising junior center Dylan Goulding. "We trust that his plan will accelerate our development and make Clemson the number one choice for high performance student athletes.”

The Clemson Rugby Foundation continues to grow in its support of the program while Clemson University continues work on a multi-million dollar world class club sports facility to enhance the student experience. The first phase of the project, to be completed in August, will include a new Shaw Sports Turf field to handle inclement weather training and competition.

Lynch is excited to get to Clemson to begin his work with the students, “It has been my experience that with athletes committed to a high performance environment, the learning curve is very short.” The Tigers will have a month to prepare under Coach Lynch before the season opening back to back weekend tests against ACRL opponents, Wake Forest and UNC, on September 18th and 19th. Coach Lynch says, “If we can present players with decision making opportunities under pressure in training, we can begin to implement an exciting wide open Southern Hemisphere style of play.” Clemson’s toughest fall match will be against Life at Homecoming on Friday, October 16th and everyone will want to know if the Tigers have enough of the new game plan implemented to upset the Running Eagles. It’s an interesting question to ask with Coach Lynch’s son playing for the opposition, only time will tell.