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Beavers promote assistant Mike Lynch to cross country, track and field head coach

A familiar face will be in charge of the Bemidji State women’s track and field and cross country teams this season.

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BEMIDJI – A familiar face will be in charge of the Bemidji State women’s track and field and cross country teams this season.

Assistant coach Mike Lynch has been promoted to head coach and will lead the Beavers into competition in 2022-23.

Lynch has focused on the mid-distance and distance runners for BSU over the past four seasons. He guided then-freshman Ryne Prigge to Bemidji State’s best individual performance at the Central Region Championship in 2018 and has also coached one NSIC champion, four top-eight NSIC finishers and one NSIC All-Conference selection.

Lynch joined the Beavers after spending 2016-18 at Augustana, where he coached two individuals to their first NCAA Outdoor Championships appearances and helped the program to an NSIC Outdoor Championship in the 400-meter hurdles. He has also coached at Southwestern Oklahoma State and Service High School in Anchorage, Alaska.

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