Lynch Is A 12-year NBA Veteran And NCAA Champion
George Lynch is in his fourth season at SMU (2015-16), his second as Director of Player Development. He was the strength and conditioning coach in 2013-14 after serving as the assistant in 2012-13. He was named to the SMU staff by Head Coach Larry Brown on June 4, 2012. Lynch, a 12-year NBA veteran and NCAA Champion, played for the Philadelphia 76ers under Brown and helped them to the 2001 NBA Finals.
In 2014-15, SMU claimed the American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles en route to reaching the NCAA Tournament. SMU finished the season 27-7 overall. The Mustangs went 15-3 in league play, clinching the outright league title (first since 1993) with a 67-62 win against Tulsa in a sold out Moody Coliseum on March 8. The team followed that by winning the AAC tournament title 62-54 over Connecticut. The Mustangs spent nine weeks in the AP and USA Today Top 25 and set home attendance records for a season (124,986) and average (6,944) while going 16-2 in Moody Coliseum. Nic Moore was named AP All-American Honorable Mention and AAC Player of the Year, Markus Kennedy was AAC Sixth Man of the Year and Most Outstading Player of the Championship, and Yanick Moreira was named the AAC’s Most Improved Player.
In his second season (2013-14), the Mustangs jumped into the national spotlight, finishing 27-10, earning a No. 1 seed in the NIT and eventually reaching the title game at Madison Square Garden. SMU was in the top 25 in four of the last five regular season polls, being ranked for the first time since 1984-85. The Mustangs tied a program record with four wins over ranked teams and set a single-season home attendance record that included nine sellouts in the renovated Moody Coliseum. The Mustangs tied for the third-best turnaround in the nation, finishing with 12 more wins after a 15-17 record in 2012-13. SMU finished tied for third in the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference, going 12-6 with two wins over NCAA Champion Connecticut as well as wins over NCAA Tournament teams Cincinnati and Memphis. The Mustangs led the league and finished in the top-20 nationally in field goal percentage (48.3%, 18th NCAA) and field goal percentage defense (38.5%, 7th NCAA).
Lynch spent the previous two years (2010-12) at UC-Irvine as strength and conditioning coach for basketball and an assistant athletics director for community relations. His previous collegiate work includes being a manager for SMU basketball during the 2006-07 season.
Prior to UC-Irvine, he was the founder and director of Flight Nine Basketball (2006-10), a non-profit youth basketball program in Dallas. He was also personal trainer (2005-09).
Lynch averaged 22.8 minutes, 6.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 774 games during his 12 NBA seasons (1993-2005). He was selected in the first round (12th overall) by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1993 NBA draft and played for four franchises: the Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies, Philadelphia 76ers, and New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets.
At North Carolina, he was a team captain his senior year as he helped the Tar Heels win the 1993 NCAA Championship as he was named to the All-Final Four Tournament team. That year, he was selected All-Atlantic Coast Conference as UNC won the ACC regular season. As a sophomore in 1990-91, Lynch helped UNC win the ACC and reach the NCAA Final Four.
Lynch graduated from North Carolina in 1993. He and his wife Julie have three children; Jalen, Mia and Santana.