Daniel Lynch

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Daniel Lynch
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born 1916
Died November 30, 1981(1981-11-30)
New York, New York
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1948–1969 St. Francis College
Head coaching record
Overall 283-237 (54.4%)
Accomplishments and honors
METC Regular Season Championship 1966–67
MTNY Regular Season Championship 1955–56
MTNY Regular Season Championship 1953–54

Daniel J. Lynch (1916-1981) was the former athletic director and basketball coach at St. Francis College.[1]


Daniel Lynch graduated from St. Francis College in 1938, playing on the College's basketball team from 1934–1938 and becoming the team's Captain.[2][3] He then went on to become the basketball head coach at his Alma Mater from 1948-1969. In 1964 he was appointed as the Athletic Director of St. Francis College, a post he held for eleven years, until 1975. One of Lynch's sons, Daniel Lynch Jr., also attended St. Francis College and is a graduate of the 1970 class.

St. Francis College[edit]

Lynch holds the St. Francis College record for most wins, during his tenure the Terriers had their best years. The greatest of which, was the 1955-56 season. The Terriers compiled a 21-4 record, were ranked as high as 13th nationally and upset Niagara University to reach the NIT semi-finals before they were defeated.[4]

From 1949–1951 the Terriers participated in 4 National Catholic Invitational Tournaments (NCIT). The NCIT was a premier post-season tournament in those years. The Terriers went to the NCIT finals three consecutive times and won the Championship in 1951. Lynch's 1950–51 squad defeated the Seattle University Redhawks 93–79 in the Championship game. Ray Rudzinski scored 26 points, Vernon Stokes scored 22 and Roy Reardon scored 21 points in the NCIT Championship that took place in Albany, New York.[5]

From 1951 to 56, Lynch guided the Terriers to 3 NIT appearances and 3 Conference Regular Season Championships. Lynch coached many great players like Al Innis and Jim Luisi and during his tenure had 7 players drafted by the NBA.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
St. Francis Terriers (Metropolitan New York Conference) (1948–1963)
1948–1949 St. Francis (NY) 20-13 2-2 5th NCIT Finals
1949–1950 St. Francis (NY) 6-18 0-4 7th NCIT Finals
1950–1951 St. Francis (NY) 19-11 1-5 T-6th NCIT Champions
1951–1952 St. Francis (NY) 20-8 4-2 2nd NCIT Semi-finals
1952–1953 St. Francis (NY) 20-7 2-3 4th
1953–1954 St. Francis (NY) 23-5 5-0 1st NIT Quarter-finals
1954–1955 St. Francis (NY) 21-8 2-3 4th
1955–1956 St. Francis (NY) 21-4 4-0 1st NIT Semi-finals
1956–1957 St. Francis (NY) 12-14 1-2 6th
1957–1958 St. Francis (NY) 14-9 2-1 3rd
1958–1959 St. Francis (NY) 5-18 0-3 7th
1959–1960 St. Francis (NY) 13-8 2-1 3rd
1960–1961 St. Francis (NY) 10-10 2-1 3rd
1961–1962 St. Francis (NY) 8-15 2-3 4th
1962–1963 St. Francis (NY) 16-7 4-2 3rd NIT First Round
St. Francis (NY): 228-155 33-32
St. Francis Terriers (Independent) (1963–1965)
1963–1964 St. Francis (NY) 10-16 6th
1964–1965 St. Francis (NY) 11-9 6th
St. Francis (NY): 21-25
St. Francis Terriers (Metropolitan Collegiate Conference) (1965–1968)
1965–1966 St. Francis (NY) 5-17 0-9 10th
1966–1967 St. Francis (NY) 15-8 7-2 T-1st
1967–1968 St. Francis (NY) 7-16 0-8 9th
St. Francis (NY): 27-41 7-19
St. Francis Terriers (Independent) (1968–1969)
1968–1969 St. Francis (NY) 7-16
St. Francis (NY): 7-16
Total: 283-237

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Daniel Lynch, Ex-Coach, Dies". nytimes.com. 31 October 1981. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  2. ^ sfcterriers. "SFC Tops Bryant, Senior Day and Unveiling of Lynch Banner" (Video). YouTube.com. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "ST. FRANCIS REWARDS 27". New York Times. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Bill Bradley. ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. ESPN/Google.com. p. 387. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Jordan Sprechman; Bill Shannon (1998). This Day in New York Sports. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 77. Retrieved 7 November 2013.