The Saddleback athletics office announced this week that Jason Lynch will be the new men's water polo coach for the Gauchos. Lynch brings nearly three decades of experience to the job as a coach in the Orange County area.
Lynch started his coaching career at Costa Mesa High School in 1989 where he coached the Mustangs to five consecutive Pacific Coast League titles, winning a CIF title in 1992. He then took over the aquatics program at Capistrano Valley High School in 1994, leading the aquatics teams for the Cougars until 2001. During his time at CVHS, Lynch's Capistrano Valley programs earned a CIF semi-final berth in boy's water polo in 1997 and a girl's appearance in 2001. He then coached at Newport Harbor High School from 2001 to 2010, making three appearances in the CIF Finals. His 2007 boy's squad captured the CIF championship and he was named CIF Coach-of-the-Year. In recent years, Lynch has served on the coaching staff at Foothill High School and serves as the Coaching Director of SoCal Water Polo, a club program located in Tustin. In addition, he was the National Team Head Coach for Team USA Water Polo at varying youth levels from 1997 to 2013.
"We're excited about the arrival of coach Lynch to the program," Athletic Director and Dean of Kinesiology and Athletics, Tony Lipold said. "Coach Lynch has had a ton of success at every level and he should be a great addition to our coaching staff."
Lynch takes over a Saddleback program that finished 17-9 overall in 2016 and 3-3 in Orange Empire Conference play. He replaces Pat Higginson, who had been the men's coach at Saddleback since 2004.