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Mike Lynch

Assistant Coach/Cross/Distance

Lynch is in his second season working with the cross country and track and field programs at Bemidji State. A BSU graduate and former member of the Beavers track and field team, Lynch returned to his Alma Mater in 2018 to work with the distance runners. He served in the same capacity in 2011.

In his first season, Lynch guided the Beavers to 33rd place at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Regional, while freshman Ryne Prigge placed 39th at the NSIC Championship leading a team that shaved and average of 15 seconds from its five placing times when compared to 2017. In addition, Prigge set indoor school records in the 800-meter run (2:16.77) and 1,000-meter run (3:00:57), while she teamed up with Ashley Herdering, Allyna Storms, and Kristen Petron to set a 4x1,600-meter relay record (23:20.30) Outdoors, she qualified for the 800-meter run at the 2019 NSIC Outdoor Championships, finishing ninth.

In the classroom, four cross country student-athletes were recognized with placement on the prestegious NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence honor for posting a cumulative GPA of at least 3.6.

Lynch came to Bemidji State after serving as the cross counry and distance track and field coach at Augustana.

Prior to his time at Augustana, he was a graduate assistant coach with the Southwest Oklahoma State University women's track and field program. He also spent time as head coach at Service HS in Anchorage, Alaska. While with the Service cross country team, he coached two state champions and three state runner-ups. In addition to the state accolades, his runners have also earned five regional titles and five regional runner-ups. 

Lynch ran collegiately at Bemidji State from 2005-2009. During his time with the team, the Beavers placed second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in his first season. In addition to running for the BSU cross country team, he participated in the 3000 Meters and 3000 Meter Steeplechase in outdoor track, as well as the 1000 Meters, 1 Mile, 3 Miles, and 5 Miles in indoor track.

The Circle Pines, Minn., native earned his bachelor’s degree in Geography from Bemidji State in May, 2009. He is now pursuing a master’s degree in Sports Management from SWOSU.

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