Whether it is the quality of academic programming, the beauty of our campus and setting, or the unparalleled value we afford students and families, Flagler College has been recognized as among the best in the nation.
Rankings & Recognition
• Led Flagler College Men’s team to 1st National tournament, 2002
• FSC and NAIA XIV Coach of the Year, 2002
• TVAC Coach of the year – Bluefield College, 1996
• NSCAA member since 1996
• Honoree member of Ancient City Soccer Club since 1999
• FSC and NAIA region XIV Men’s Soccer Chair, 2002-2004
Professor Lynch earned his M.A. in Communication Studies from Bloomsburg University and his B.S. in Leisure Resources and Facility Design from Green Mountain College. He has been with Flagler College since 1999. In addition to his teaching and coaching duties, Mr. Lynch coordinates a children’s soccer camp every summer at Flagler College.
Previously taught at:
SGA Faculty member of the Year – Flagler College, 1999
SGA Faculty member of the Year – Bluefield College, 1996
John Lynch begins his 15th year at the helm of the men’s soccer program at Flagler College and has a career mark of 165-134-26 in 17 seasons. In four seasons in the Peach Belt Conference, Flagler has posted a 25-6-3 record, the best mark in that four-year span of all the conference members.
In 2012, the Saints finished in a tie for second place in the Peach Belt and advanced to the NCAA national tournament for the fourth year in a row. Flagler once served as host of the third and quarterfinal rounds of the national tournament for the second consecutive season. The Saints also hosted a second round match.
Lynch and his charges had a banner year in 2011. The Saints won both the regular and post season titles in the PBC and they advanced to the NCAA Division II National Quarterfinals where Flagler hosted Lynn, the first NCAA regional contest held in St. Augustine. Lynch coached the PBC's Player of the Year in Johan Bergfeld, and he went on to earn the PBC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Five players earned all-conference honors while Lynch took home Coach of the Year honors in the league as well as the NSCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year.
In 2009, he guided Flagler to the Peach Belt Conference regular season title, in its first year in the league, and an NCAA Southeast Regional appearance. Lynch was also selected as the PBC's and the NSCAA's Southeast Region Coach of the Year. He has coached Flagler to back-to-back appearances at the NCAA Southeast Regional. Lynch also led the Saints to a 2002 Florida Sun Conference Championship, a NAIA Region XIV title and an appearance in the NAIA National Tournament appearance.
Lynch collected his 100th win at Flagler on Oct. 24, 2009 in a 2-1 win at North Georgia.
Lynch has coached several honorable mention NAIA All-Americans and several All-Americans including Olafur Thor Gunnarsson (1999), Donny This (2001), Wayne Reilly (2001) and Neil Patrickson (2004). His first NCAA Division II All-American was Johan Bergfeld (2010). Bergfeld was named All-American in 2011 and was joined by Joseph Toby.
Prior to his arrival at Flagler, Lynch served as the head coach at Bluefield (Va.) College where he led the Rams to their first-ever Tennessee-Virginia Athletic Conference Title. He posted a record of 20-28-4.