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Gary Lynch is in his fourth year as assistant men's soccer coach at USC Upstate. Previously, he had a standout four-year career with the Spartans from 2001-04 and has been connected to the University for seven years. Lynch serves as the recruiting coordinator and assists in all aspects of the Upstate men's soccer program.
Lynch began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at North Florida from 2005-06. The Ospreys were in their first year as a member of NCAA Division I and the Atlantic Sun Conference. Previously, North Florida played as a member of the Peach Belt Conference along with USC Upstate.
Lynch returned to Spartanburg to becomn e aassistant coach at Upstate in 2006. He helped lead the Spartans to an NCAA Tournament appearance, the program's first since 2003, in his first season as assistant coach. The Spartans finished the season with a 12-3-3 overall record and a 4-2-1 mark in the Peach Belt Conference. Two Spartans earned NSCAA All-America and All-Region honors, four were selected to the Peach Belt Conference All-Conference team and two were PBC All-Tournament selections. In 2007, he was instrumental as Upstate made the transition to NCAA Division I.
Lynch was an NSCAA First Team All-America and Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year selection in 2004 after leading the nation in scoring with 3.58 points per game. His 68 points in 19 matches broke the Upstate all-time single-season scoring record. He collected eight match-winning goals and finished the season with 26 goals and 16 assists to lead the Spartans to a 15-4-0 record.
Lynch finished his career tied for sixth on USC Upstate's career scoring list with 121 points, one of just 14 players in the storied history of the program to reach 100 career points. He ranks in a tie for 11th all-time with 38 goals scored and is in sole possession of third place with 45 assists. In addition to being named an All-American in 2004, he also received two All-Region, two All-Conference, and two league All-Tournament honors in his four-year career.
Lynch's play helped lead Upstate to NCAA Division II Tournament appearances in 2002 and 2003. He led the Spartans to the regular season Peach Belt Conference championship in 2003 and three PBC Tournament titles from 2001-03, as well as an appearance in the tournament final in 2004.
A native of Blackburn, England, Lynch was a standout student in the classroom, finishing his four years with a 3.7 grade point average. He was named the USC Upstate Male Student-Athlete of the Year in 2005 for excellence in academics, athletics, and community service. Lynch earned his National Diploma in coaching from the NSCAA in 2007 and received a master's degree in Education at USC Upstate in 2009. He recently got engaged to Heather Love earlier this summer.