Following his appointment as Interim Director of Athletics and Recreation at Babson College in July 2016, Michael Lynch was elevated to the position of Senior Director of Athletics and Athletic Development in April 2017.
Under his direction over his last nine months, Babson Athletics has enjoyed tremendous success, culminating with the men's basketball program claiming its first national championship in March. The field hockey program made its first NCAA Final Four appearance in November and 10 of the department's programs have qualified for their respective national tournaments.
A veteran administrator with more than two decades of experience in intercollegiate athletics, Lynch comes to Babson after a highly successful 14-year tenure at Boston University that included 10 years as Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics preceded by four years as Assistant Vice President of Development for Athletics & Student Life. Under his leadership, BU successfully completed over $300 million in new and renovated campus facility construction, including the building of Agganis Arena and the John Hancock Student Village. Lynch also added nearly 40 new endowment funds for scholarship and leadership programming for coaches and student-athletes, and transitioned the Terriers from the America East Conference to the Patriot League.
During Lynch's tenure, the Terriers won more than 50 conference championships and claimed the America East Conference all-sports trophy as the most successful program in the league. BU won the 2009 men's ice hockey national championship, the women's ice hockey program reached the national final on two occasions, and the Terriers' basketball teams developed into two of the most respected in the country, combining for 13 postseason appearances in a 10-year span.
A 2011 Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year recipient, Lynch chaired both the America East and Hockey East Executive Committees during his time at BU. He also served on the Patriot League Marketing Committee, America East Strategic Planning and Hockey East Marketing and Television Committees in addition to being a member of the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Rules Committee.
Prior to his time at Boston University, Lynch spent two years as the Director of Athletics Development and another as Assistant Athletics Director for Development at the University of Miami, where he played a key role in two capital fundraising campaigns that included the development of an on-campus basketball arena. Lynch also worked in the development office and as an assistant baseball coach at Union College from 1993-97.
A 1990 graduate of Rollins College with a bachelor's degree in political science, Lynch was a four-year member of the baseball team. He was a three-time American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-South Region selection and a 1990 All-America selection. Lynch, who was inducted into the Tars' Hall of Fame in 2008, led the program to the Division II College World Series in 1989 before playing professionally in the Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers organizations.