Springfield, Mass. - July 17, 2017 - Springfield College Director of Athletics, Dr. Craig Poisson, is pleased to announce that Ryon Lynch '14 G'17 has been named a full-time assistant coach for the Springfield College men's lacrosse program.
The announcement comes just one day after Poisson announced that Ashley Piper will be a full-time assistant for the women's lacrosse program. The two positions mark the first time in Division III program history that Springfield College has had full-time assistant coaches.
"I am honored and grateful to be hired as the assistant men's lacrosse coach at Springfield College. I'd like to thank Dr. Poisson and the Springfield College department of athletics for giving me this opportunity and appreciate Coach Bugbee for allowing me to continue my coaching career here at Springfield College. Having been fortunate enough to work with our talented student-athletes for the past two years, I look forward to continuing to develop members of the Springfield College men's lacrosse program in the classroom, in the community, and on the playing field," said Lynch. "Springfield College has been a very special place for my family and I, and I am extremely humbled to represent this outstanding institution."
The Pride has been in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament in each of the past 10 seasons, with Lynch having a part in six of the trips as either a student-athlete or graduate assistant coach.
After a decorated four-year career with the Springfield College men's lacrosse program from 2010-2014, Lynch served as a graduate assistant with Springfield for the 2016 and 2017 campaigns, where he focused on the offensive side of the ball. During his time at Springfield, Lynch earned his Bachelor's degree in Physical Education and his Master's degree in Athletic Administration.
"This is an important step as we were able to secure our first full-time assistant coaches in Division III program history," described Poisson. "Having Ryon assume a new role will help this program make significant strides thanks to the continuity of our recruiting efforts coupled with his passion and enthusiasm for Springfield College."
A two-time Pilgrim Lacrosse League Player of the Year while playing attack for the Pride, Lynch capped off his illustrious career with 84 points, including 32 goals and 52 assists during his senior season. His 84 points were the seventh most in the program's single-season history, while in his career, Lynch totaled 227 points, the sixth-most in program history. A USILA Honorable Mention All-America selection in 2014, Lynch's 133 careers assists is the third-highest total in Springfield history.
"Ryon has tremendous energy and knowledge of the game and I am so fortunate to have him on board in this full-time capacity alongside our other talented coaches," said Springfield College head men's lacrosse coach Keith Bugbee. "I want to thank our administration in supporting these positions, as it speaks to their commitment for excellence at Springfield College."