George Lynch is in his second season at SMU (2013-14), his first as the strength and conditioning coach 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 his first season (2012-13) at SMU, the Mustangs finished 15-17. The Mustangs led Conference USA in field goal percentage defense (.395) (29th NCAA), which was the best since 1961-62. SMU also led C-USA in free throw percentage (.745) while ranking second in scoring defense (62.7).
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.