New York college names East Providence native Lynch as its new women's basketball coach
NEW YORK — City native Kate Lynch recently accepted the position head coach for women's basketball at NCAA Division II Molloy College in Rockville Center, N.Y. Ms. Lynch, of Rumford, spent the previous three seasons in the same job at the Community College of Rhode Island.
Ms. Lynch compiled a 56-35 record at the helm of the Lady Knights. She was named the 2013 NJCAA coach of the year after guiding CCRI to a 25-7 record and its second consecutive trip the NJCAA Division II Championship Tournament. Molloy is coming off three losing seasons in a row, going a combined 29-53 during the span. The Lions, who vie in the East Coast Conference, finished 10-16 last winter.
Ms. Lynch previously was an assistant at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the director of basketball operations at Fairfield University.
She played four years at Southern Connecticut State, where she was twice named a first team All-American. Ms. Lynch led the 2007 Owls to the national title. She was named the most valuable player for that game in addition to being her school’s all-time leader in points (1,779), field goals (650) and free throw percentage (.803). Previously, she was an All-State player at LaSalle Academy.
"We are really excited to have Kate leading our women's basketball program," Molloy athletic director Susan Cassidy-Lyke said in a statement announcing Ms. Lynch's appointment.
"Her success as a player, and more recently as a coach, will give us a great opportunity to get back to an ECC Championship," Mrs. Cassidy-Lyke added. "I am confident in her ability to recruit student-athletes that will be successful in the classroom and on the court. She will be a tremendous role model for our current student-athletes.''
This winter, Ms. Lynch was chosen the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association 2013 Russell Athletic Coach of the Year Award for the community college level. She was honored at a ceremony on April 8 during the NCAA Women’s Final Four in New Orleans.
The award is given annually to a coach in each of the three NCAA divisions, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the junior college and high school levels. It weighs team improvement, success in the current season, fulfillment of team potential and the attitude of the coach.