Lynn succeeds Janz as OC athletic director

The university named OC Athletic Hall of Fame coach David Lynn (95) as its new athletic director in November.

“Coach David Lynn is recognized as an effective leader, a successful coach, and a focused, trusted manager of people and programs,” President John deSteiguer said. “The future of OC athletics is very bright under David’s guidance.”

Lynn replaced Curtis Janz (86), who led OC’s transition from the NAIA into NCAA Division II. OC won six national titles during his tenure – three in men’s golf (NAIA 2009 and 2011, NCCAA 2012), two in men’s cross country (NAIA 2011, NCCAA 2012), and one in men’s tennis (NAIA 2012).

Lynn became the Eagles’ head golf coach in 1999 and guided the men’s team until 2008, then resumed those duties in 2010.

OC strung together a run of 16 straight top-four finishes in national tournament play (either the NAIA or NCCAA), a streak that began in 2000 and lasted through the 2014-15 campaign.

Along with NAIA national titles in 2009 (under Kelsey Cline) and 2011, OC finished as the NAIA national runner-up in 2001, 2005, 2008, and 2012. In addition to winning the 2012 NCCAA championship, OC was the NCCAA runner-up in 2014.

“I take great pride in helping young men and women develop their talents academically, socially, athletically, and spiritually. I want OC athletics to be as successful as possible on the field, in the classroom and in the community,” Lynn said.

Spring 2017

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