July 10, 2013
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State women's swimming and diving head coach Kristin Hill announced the hiring of John Lynch as diving coach, Tuesday. Lynch comes to Boise State from the Lonestar Diving Team in Conroe, Texas, a club team he founded.
In the first year of Lonestar's existence, Lynch guided six divers to USA Diving Junior Nationals. He coached Colorado State's Ariana Milone who was an All-Mountain West performer as a freshman in 2012-13, and qualified for the NCAA Zone E Championships.
Prior to starting the Lonestar Diving Team, Lynch was a coach at Conroe Diving Club and Cougar Diving (Houston). Lynch worked at Conroe from October 2008 until February 2012, advancing numerous athletes to junior and senior nationals and helping guide the team to a top-10 finish at the USA Diving Junior National Championships in 2010.
While with Conroe, Lynch helped coach Loren Figueroa who is a two-time All-American at Missouri. Entering her redshirt junior season, Figueroa has already been an NCAA Championships runner-up, NCAA Zone Champion, SEC Champion, Big 12 Champion and a two-time World University Games competitor.
Lynch got his start in coaching at Cougar Diving Club in the summer of 2007, joining world-renowned coach Jane Figueredo. In his 16 months with the team Lynch worked primarily with the junior divers, qualifying several for junior nationals.
During his time as a club coach, Lynch earned the opportunity to join the Royal Dutch Diving Federation as an assistant coach. He was responsible for coaching Ginni van Katwijk to two Dutch national championships on 10 meter. Lynch traveled with the Dutch team to international grand prix events and European and world championship meets.
Lynch also owned and operated his own personal training and fitness company in Texas. He founded Fitness Cartel in June 2008, a year after completing his bachelor's degree.
A graduate of the University of Wyoming, Lynch earned his degree in May 2007, in kinesiology with an emphasis in behavioral science. He was a four-year letterwinner at Wyoming, and one of the most consistent male divers in Wyoming and Mountain West history. Lynch advanced to the A Final on all three boards at each of the four conference championship meets he competed. Of those 12 championship final appearances he earned 10 top-five finishes, including five medals. Lynch's highest finish came as a senior in 2007, when he placed second on three-meter.
Lynch qualified for the NCAA Zone E Championships all four years, advancing to at least one final each season and earning five top-10 finishes.
Lynch will take over a team at Boise State with two returning divers. Rising senior Ciera Cortney will look to finish her career on a high note, having already become the only Bronco to qualify for the NCAA Zone Championships three times. Rising junior Erin Kohlbeck is returning from an injury that cost her the final four months of her sophomore campaign. Kohlbeck was Boise State's top platform performer at the time of her injury.