Mike Lynch has been hired as the new head soccer coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Lynch will be the head coach of both the men’s and women’s programs.
Lynch brings over 24 years of coaching experience to the Nebraska Wesleyan soccer program, including six at the collegiate level. He was the head men’s soccer coach at Truman State University from 1992-95. Prior to taking over at Truman State, Lynch served as the assistant men’s soccer coach at the United States Air Force Academy.
“We are thrilled to be able to hire someone with the high caliber credentials that Mike brings to Nebraska Wesleyan,” NWU Director of Athletics Ira Zeff said. “He will provide a quality experience for both our men’s and women’s soccer players.”
For the past several years Lynch has been highly involved in select club soccer teams in the Omaha area where he as served a variety of roles. He also has worked with Olympic Development program in the local area.
“The university and its intercollegiate programs have a strong tradition of academic and athletic excellence,” Lynch said. “My goals for the men’s and women’s soccer programs at Nebraska Wesleyan are clear: graduate leaders of character, dominate the GPAC and participate in the NCAA postseason tournament.”
While at Truman State, Lynch was selected as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Great Lakes Coach of the Year in 1993. He led the Bulldogs to the MIAA Conference championship in 1994 and was named the MIAA Coach of the Year that same season. He also guided the team to a #11 ranking in NCAA II and a spot in the NCAA II National Tournament.
At the Air Force Academy, he served as head coach of the junior varsity team and led the team to a 42-5-3 overall record. Lynch was a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy where he was a four-time All-Conference soccer player. He also was a two-time All-Region performer, team MVP for two years and served as team captain.
Lynch replaces James Beckmann, the all-time winningest coach in NWU men’s soccer history, who stepped down as head men’s coach in March and Jane Hoops who served as the head women’s coach for the past three seasons before resigning in January.
Courtesy: NWU Media Relations