Coach David Lynn

by Mike Magers

Coach David Lynn was a standout football player at Eunice, where he graduated in 1966. During his high school years, he was named to the All-State Football team and was invited to play in the NMHSCA All-Star Football game in 1966. His Eunice Cardinal team would reach the state final game in 1963 and 1964 and won the State Championship in 1965.

He went from there to play football at New Mexico State University, where he was a 3 year starter, at defensive tackle and center under coaches Jim Wood and Warren Woodson.  He made the most of his opportunity and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from New Mexico State in 1971 and a Masters Degree from Eastern New Mexico University in 1977.  During his coaching career, he has served as a teacher and administrator at various times as well as being either an assistant coach or head coach.

Coach Lynn began his 40 plus year coaching career in 1970 as a graduate assistant with NMSU.  He has since served as an assistant coach at NMSU, Muleshoe TX, Lamesa TX, Seymour TX, Tularosa and NMMI and has been head coach at Hagerman, Texico, Eunice, Tularosa and NMMI, with his teams earning 167 wins against 122 losses.  This total leaves him just outside the top 10 list of wins for New Mexico high school football coaches.  His teams reached the state finals seven times, taking home the championship once at Hagerman and two times at Eunice.

Coach Lynn has been named District Coach of the Year 8 times, New Mexico High School Coaches Association Football Coach of the Year in 1997-1998.  He was named to the NMHSCA Hall of Fame in 2014.  He has two sons in coaching, Josh Lynn is currently the head coach at Eastern New Mexico University and Jeff is head coach at Roswell High School.

Congratulations to Coach Lynn for his fine career.

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