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February 12, 2014

Swampscott names gymnasium after Dick Lynch

SWAMPSCOTT — Legendary Swampscott High School coach Dick Lynch never approached his job with individual glory or personal acclaim on his mind.

A former football, basketball and baseball coach for the Big Blue, Lynch had one focus: to put his teams in the best position to win.

Even after last night’s ceremony to name the school’s fieldhouse the Richard ‘Dick’ Lynch Gymnasium, he wasn’t about to take any credit for the things he accomplished.

“I was floored, overwhelmed. I couldn’t believe they were going to do this for a guy like me,” the 87-year-old Lynch said about the honor. “I was amazed they did it and I’m a very happy guy. Look at the turnout and all the great people we had here.

“The reason they named it after me is because of all the great kids I had to coach. They were responsible for all the successes we had.”

Mike Lynch, the long-time WCVB Channel 5 sports anchor, had the opportunity to play football and basketball for his father at Swampscott High in the late 1960s. Dick Lynch was a top football assistant for the legendary Stan Bondelevitch from 1954-1973, and Mike Lynch booted a field goal to beat archrival Marblehead on Thankgiving,15-14, giving the Big Blue their third straight 9-0 season.

Mike Lynch introduced his father last night, noting that he was never one to hang onto or display awards from his past. But this particular honor was something Dick Lynch and his family would treasure forever.

“He’s not a big collector of trophies or hardware, but I know this one he’s just absolutely thrilled about,” Mike Lynch said. “I couldn’t be any more proud and I couldn’t be any more happy with the turnout tonight. It’s old friends, old teammates and people who really made Swampscott sports.”

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