Buffalo football coach resigns

2011-11-08T23:30:00Z Buffalo football coach resignsBy CLINT ROBUS Casper Star-Tribune The Billings Gazette
November 08, 2011 11:30 pm  • 

Pat Lynch has resigned as the head football coach at Buffalo High School.

Johnson County School District 1 accepted Lynch's resignation on Monday in special school board session.

The board accepted Lynch's resignation as head football coach and weight room supervisor, effective immediately, and agreed that Lynch will retain his position as a guidance counselor at Buffalo High School under administrative supervision.

Lynch, who was placed on administrative leave prior to his resignation, did not coach the team in its first round playoff victory on Oct. 21 against Star Valley at Afton or in the Bison's 20-14 semifinal loss on Friday at Douglas.

Big Horn Mountain Radio reported on Monday that Lynch's resignation came after the long-time coach handed out inappropriate materials to the team prior to the team's first round playoff game.

Board member Mark Gordon read Lynch's letter of apology, dated Nov. 5, after the board returned from an hour-long executive session.

"I would like to apologize for my lapse in judgment and the poor choice that I made from my position as the Head Football Coach for Buffalo High School," the statement said. "I know that this situation has caused you pain and discomfort, and for that I am truly sorry. As a person and a professional, I believe I will learn and grow from this experience and use it to help others.

"I appreciate having had the opportunity to coach in this community for the past 22 years. It has been a rewarding experience. I am eager to earn back your trust as I continue to serve in a profession that I truly love."

Buffalo assistant coach Brent Gross served as the team's interim coach during the playoffs. The Bison finished 6-4 this year. Lynch compiled a 96-40 record in his 13-plus years at Buffalo, leading the team to back-to-back state titles in 2004 and '05. The Bison qualified for the playoffs in 12 consecutive seasons under Lynch.

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