COURTESY OF BABSON ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS
BABSON PARK, Mass.— Babson College Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Lawrence P. Ward announced that Michael Lynch has been named Interim Director of Athletics and Recreation, effective immediately. Lynch takes over for Josh MacArthur, who recently stepped down from his post after overseeing the athletics department for the last 10 years.
A veteran administrator with more than two decades of experience in intercollegiate athletics, Lynch comes to Babson after a highly successful 14-year tenure at Boston University that included 10 years as Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics preceded by four years as Assistant Vice President of Development for Athletics & Student Life. Under his leadership, BU successfully completed over $300 million in new and renovated campus facility construction, including the building of Agganis Arena and the John Hancock Student Village. Lynch also added nearly 40 new endowment funds for scholarship and leadership programming for coaches and student-athletes, and transitioned the Terriers from the America East Conference to the Patriot League.
“Mike is a highly capable, experienced, and personable leader,” stated Ward. “I look forward to working closely with him and our entire athletics staff to continue the tradition of excellence. I have confidence that Mike’s management style and unique skillset in athletics administration and development will be incredibly beneficial in guiding daily operations, assessing the current organization and resources, and serving as a champion for a high quality student-athlete experience.”
During Lynch’s tenure, the Terriers won more than 50 conference championships and claimed the America East Conference all-sports trophy as the most successful program in the league. BU won the 2009 men’s ice hockey national championship, the women’s ice hockey program reached the national final on two occasions, and the Terriers’ basketball teams developed into two of the most respected in the country, combining for 13 postseason appearances in a 10-year span.
A 2011 Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year recipient, Lynch chaired both the America East and Hockey East Executive Committees during his time at BU. He also served on the Patriot League Marketing Committee, America East Strategic Planning and Hockey East Marketing and Television Committees in addition to being a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Rules Committee.
Prior to his time at Boston University, Lynch spent two years as the Director of Athletics Development and another as Assistant Athletics Director for Development at the University of Miami, where he played a key role in two capital fundraising campaigns that included the development of an on-campus basketball arena. Lynch also worked in the development office and as an assistant baseball coach at Union College from 1993-97.
A 1990 graduate of Rollins College with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Lynch was a fouryear member of the baseball team. He was a three-time American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-South Region selection and a 1990 All-America selection. Lynch, who was inducted into the Tars’ Hall of Fame in 2008, led the program to the Division II College World Series in 1989 before playing professionally in the Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers organizations.
“I am thrilled to get started at Babson,” said Lynch. “I cannot thank Larry Ward enough for the chance to come here. This is a unique opportunity for me at a terrific school with values and a competitive spirit that match mine. It is also an exciting time for the College and our department with a new recreation and athletics center on the way. I am looking forward to working with our talented coaches, administrators and student-athletes to continue building Babo pride.”
Lynch, who earned his master’s degree in educational administration from the University at Albany in 1996, currently serves as president and CEO of ML Consulting.