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Suitland Coach Nick Lynch Dies

This isn't recruiting and I don't have any details yet, but a truly terrible end to 2008. I got a message this morning from Keith Lynch, saying that his brother, Suitland football coach and athletic director Nick Lynch, has passed away after being in a car accident.

"Pray for us," Keith Lynch said.

Obviously, I'll have more later today and in tomorrow's paper.

By Josh Barr  | December 31, 2008; 9:14 AM ET
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I cannot believe this! This was such bad news to hear on New Year's Eve. I am praying for the family.

Posted by: JLT113 | December 31, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

I am so sorry to hear this...I've known him since kindergarten class at Glenarden Woods Elementary School.

To his family you have my sympathies....

Posted by: marrngtn | December 31, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Man, this shows how fragile our lives our. I can not believe this, I received calls and text messages from many of my old teammates and we are in total shock... My prayers are with his family, while he was tough on us, we respected him for building a legacy and keeping Suitland Football great. We will always love Suitland and we will start a campaign to get the stadium renamed in his honor.

Posted by: parisadon | December 31, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

This is truly unbelievable. Words can't describe all that I feel. I've known him since we were kids and he always had a smile on his face. He touched so many lives in such a positive way. A special prayer goes out to his family and the football players he's touched; past and present.

Nicky you will truly be missed. Until we shall meet again in those heavenly skies...


Posted by: gameg33 | December 31, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

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 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Most Gracious God Eternal,

We thank you for the gift of life bestowed upon our brother Nick Lynch. We know that even though this was certainly a tragedy, you have worked your perfect plans and we must accept that. Lord, please comfort the family in this their hour of grief. Let them know that there is no sorrow in the earth that heaven cannot heal. Let them know that although brother Nick is gone from our physical view he never ceases to exist. For the spirit never dies, it continues beyond the physical realm. Comfort brother Keith in his time of sorrow & remind him that one day he will see his brother once more.

In Jesus's Name,


"Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you and if I go prepare you a place, I will come again and receive you unto myself. That where I am there ye may also be." John 14:1-5

God bless u all & we are praying 4 u. Remember life continues beyond the physical body. For spiritual death would have been a true tragedy. Know that he did not face a spiritual death.

Posted by: zion_1981 | December 31, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Deeply saddening. My prayers are with his family. His son and my brother are best friends. My whole day has not been the same since hearing this news. Please keep David and the rest of the family in your prayers so they can get thru this very difficult time.

Posted by: Msdana_21 | December 31, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Overwhelmed with great sadness. I've know "Nicky" since a child as his neighbor in Glenarden. He was always so special!! My prayers goes out to the Lynch family. I know he will be truly missed by many.

Posted by: susanrichardson1 | January 2, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Where this is saddening news and we all will miss Nick tremendously, KNOW that Bro. Nick Lynch was loved by many and that he touched countless lives that we know and do not know of. I thank God for knowing him and will truly miss him. I pray for his wife and son and the other family members during this time and believe that he had a BIG HEART for all... As a former basketball asst. coach for Suitland he showed me nothing but love and respect and I deeply respected him. I will always admire and remember him as a thoughtful, caring, and giving man. God Bless the family and his legacy will live forever...

Posted by: bmhsuitland | January 5, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I had the honor and privilege of growing up in Glenarden MD with the Lynch Family, I had the privilege of playing for the Glenarden/Ardmore Boys and Girls Club with Nick and Keith, we would rush to finish playing our games just to see Nick play football. I grew up watching this strong unity in the Lynch Family, became a fellow church and prayer warrior with Minister Keith Lynch. This news hit those of us who grew up along side this family very hard. But one thing for certain, the morals and values that Coach Nick Lynch taught his students and players, it was taught to him by our former Late Coach Mr. Watkins, and by his number one fan Ms. Doris Lynch, his mother. To the entire Lynch and Suitland High School Family, "earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal". Know that we the former team mates, childhood buddies, classmates, and neighbors of Glenarden, MD are praying with you and for you.

Jimmie "Running Water" Austin

Posted by: rwatershom | January 6, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

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