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Here's my file. Colleague Hamil Harris is headed over to the school.

Suitland High football coach and athletic director Nick Lynch died this morning after being in a two-car accident.

"It's just shocking news," Prince George's director of athletics Earl Hawkins said. "It's a tremendous loss for the county. Nick was a friend and a person I respected a lot. A person who had the kids' best interest at heart, who worked real hard with his kids and his student-athletes. It's a tremendous loss."

According to Maryland State Police Trooper Wesley Brown, at 2:30 a.m. Lynch was travelling south on Branch Avenue in a 2008 Dodge Magnum when he attempted to turn left onto Brandywine Road. His car was struck by a 2000 GMC Sierra travelling north on Branch Avenue.

Lynch was transported to Southern Maryland Hospital in Clinton, where he later died, Brown said. The driver of the Sierra suffered a broken leg. Both cars were totaled.

Lynch had a career record of 117-33 in 13 seasons, guiding the Rams to state championships in 2004 and 2006. Suitland also lost in the state finals in 1997 and 1998 and reached the state semifinals in 2006. The Rams this season qualified for the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year.

A graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High in Greenbelt, Lynch played wide receiver at East Tennessee State before returning to Prince George's County and becoming a teacher and coach.

By Josh Barr  | December 31, 2008; 10:03 AM ET
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What a shock. Would have just seen him last night...unbelievable. HUGE loss...

I've known him and his family since we were kids, too. Nick was a family man, big-time. Cool brother, ALWAYS pushing his kids, looking out for them and their families, working to get them scholarships and jobs...

Prayers go out to his family and the football players he coached. Lamont, Navorro, Devin, Mark, too many to name. Maryland HS football will surely miss him. Suitland HS will never be the same without him. I know that its Principal will be the first person to see to it that the school's stadium is renamed in his honor...

Posted by: ntlekt | December 31, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

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