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February 12, 2014

Swampscott names gymnasium after Dick Lynch

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Making the dedication happen wasn’t easy. The plans were in the works for a year-and-a-half.

The idea began with the Swampscott High School Athletic Hall of Fame committee and had to go through the School Board before getting the green light.

“Dick has contributed so much to the town,” Athletic Hall of Fame committee member Jack Taymore said. “He didn’t just coach and teach here; he’s lived in the same house where he brought his family up for 60 years. He stayed here. He was the founder of the CYO in town back in 1953. He’s always at the games; it doesn’t matter that he’s been out of it for 30 years. He’s still part of the town.”

In addition to coaching football with Bondelevitch, Dick Lynch coached basketball for eight years, leading the Big Blue to a state title in 1968 when former NFL All-Pro and later Chicago Bears head coach Dick Jauron put back his own miss to win the game for Swampscott. Lynch also coached baseball for three years, twice guiding the team into the state tournament.

When asked about Lynch’s coaching style, many people in attendance spit out two words: tough and fair.

“I think that’s the most polite way to say it,” Mike Lynch said. “We were always prepared. He was a big believer in scouting. He was very organized. He carried index cards to practice so that every second of the two-hour practice was spent doing something constructive. I don’t think any of us ever went into a game feeling we weren’t prepared to win. We thought we out-prepared every other team because of what he did for us.”

Taymore played football for Dick Lynch, beginning in 1954. He echoed Mike Lynch’s sentiment.

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