Lynch hired as assistant A.D. at Butler

Former Indiana coach Bill Lynch has been hired as an assistant athletic director at Butler.

The release from Butler:

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. — Hall of Fame player and coach Bill Lynch is returning to Butler University.  The former Butler, Ball State, DePauw and Indiana football coach has been named Associate Athletic Director, Development for Butler’s athletic department.  He’ll begin his duties on March 1.

“We are thrilled to have Bill Lynch returning home to Butler,” said Butler Director of Athletics Barry Collier.  “Bill brings a wide range of experience, deep relationships and the highest level of integrity.  He is the perfect fit for this position and will contribute greatly to the success of Butler University.”

Lynch will lead the efforts of Butler’s athletics development office and work closely with Collier on strategy and solicitation of gifts to support the needs of the athletic department.

“I’m extremely excited about this opportunity, said Lynch, who was a standout quarterback, assistant coach and head coach at Butler.  “As I thought about (the position), it was just the right fit at the right time for me.  Obviously, there are things I will have to learn, but you have to be active in fund-raising as a coach, I understand the importance of organization and building relationships, and I won’t have any trouble selling Butler University.”

Lynch was a three-time honorable mention All-American quarterback at Butler, 1974-76, and a three-time Indiana Collegiate Conference Player of the Year.  He still stands second on Butler’s all-time passing list with 5,909 career yards.  He also was a four-year letterwinner and team captain in basketball, and he was inducted into the Butler Hall of Fame in 2000.  In 2005, he was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.

The 1977 Butler graduate was the first Butler student-athlete to twice be named recipient of the prestigious Tony Hinkle Award, presented by the Indiana Collegiate Conference for outstanding scholastic and athletic achievement.

Lynch served as a Butler assistant football coach for seven seasons, before taking positions as offensive coordinator at Northern Illinois University and quarterbacks coach of the United States Football League’s Orlando Renegades in 1984.  He returned to Butler as head coach in 1985 and guided the Bulldogs to four conference titles in five seasons.  He was a three-time conference Coach of the Year and a two-time AFCA Regional Coach of the Year.

He continued his football coaching career with assistant coaching positions at Ball State, 1990-92, and Indiana, 1993-94 and 2005-06, and then as head coach at Ball State, 1995-2002, DePauw, 2004, and Indiana, 2007-10.

Lynch, who attended Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis, earned both a B.A. degree in education (‘77) and a Master’s Degree in Education (‘79) from Butler.


  1. Good for Coach Lynch. Seems like it should be a good fit for him. For some reason I had a feeling we’d be hearing news about where he would be landing sometime soon.

  2. Back to where he had the most success. Bill was very highly regarded at this level, by all those around him.

  3. For those of you that watch American Idol….Does ? = ?

    Congrats to Bill Lynch. Sounds like a great opportunity.

  4. Sounds like the right move for Butler and Coach Lynch. Coach Lynch’s experience, knowledge and impeccable character will be an asset to a great school like Butler.

  5. Thankfully at Butler we know he won’t get the urge to run that ridiculous QB draw time-and-time again. Congrats.

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