Bill Lynch, a Hall of Fame coach and student-athlete at Butler,
returned to his alma mater as Athletic Director for Development in
March 2011. The former Bulldog coach returns after football
coaching stints at Ball State, DePauw and Indiana.
Lynch leads the efforts of Butler’s athletics development office and work closely with Athletic Director Barry Collier on strategy and solicitation of gifts to support the needs of the athletic department.
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.