PLAINVIEW, Texas --- Wayland Baptist University introduced Jeff Lynn as the new head coach of its first football team in over 70 years at a press conference held this afternoon in the lobby of Hutcherson Center. Lynn comes to Wayland from New Mexico Military Institute where he has been the head coach since 2005.
According to Dr. Greg Feris, WBU Director of Athletics, Lynn was hired from a field of more than 60 applicants. "The search committee was pleased with the talent, experience and background of all the applicants. We invited five finalists to campus for interviews last week, and ultimately decided that Coach Lynn was the best fit for Wayland.
"He has a sense of the vision of what we will put in place with the rebirth of the school's football program. Among his many attributes are his six valuable years as a collegiate head coach, his strong ties to West Texas and Eastern New Mexico, his ability to recruit players who have character and self-discipline, his strong work ethic, and his Christian walk."
In his six years at the helm of the Bronco football program, Lynn had an overall record of 29-35. His teams were consistently ranked among the top 20 in the NJCAA in total offense. From 2005 through 2009, NMMI was among the nation's top ten rushing teams. The 2009 squad went 7-3 and finished the season ranked #16 in the NJCAA. In 2010, NMMI had the nation's sixth-best passing attack. Led by freshman All-Conference quarterback David Vega, the Broncos threw for over 2800 yards and 22 touchdowns.
A native of Eunice, NM, Lynn earned All-State honors in both football and basketball at Eunice High School. He was chosen as the Art Foley Memorial Award winner as a member of the NMMI football team in 1995, then went on to Mayville State University in North Dakota where he finished out his collegiate playing career.
Lynn returned to New Mexico where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Physical Education and Social Science from Eastern New Mexico University in 2000 and his Masters in Sports Administration from ENMU in 2002. He was a part of two Lone Star Conference South Championship teams as a member of the Greyhounds coaching staff from 1997 to 2001.
In August 2001, Lynn moved back to Roswell where he spent the next four years as offensive coordinator for the NMMI High School team. During his time with the Colts, the team had a record of 30-12, the most successful four-year stint in school history. The 2004 Colts went 11-1 and earned a spot in the NM State Championship game.
A head football coach of the Greenbelt All-Star game from 2007 through 2009, Lynn currently serves as Secretary of the National Junior College Football Coaches Association, and is also a member of the American Football Coaches Association and the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.
"I'm very humbled and also very excited about the opportunity to build something special at Wayland," said Lynn on Wednesday morning. "My family and I are looking forward to becoming a part of not only the Wayland community, but also a part of the community of Plainview, as well."
Lynn and his wife, Julie, an elementary Physical Education teacher and a former All-American tennis player at ENMU, have three sons, Eli (5), Noah (4) and Luke (2).