Howard W “Bull” Lynch

Howard W “Bull” Lynch

Death 10 Dec 1989 (aged 87)
Burial Amarillo, Randall County, Texas, USA
Plot Section U Lot 62 Space 4
Memorial ID 19879486 · View Source
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Jon Mark Beilue, Globe-News Sports Editor
Howard Lynch had big shoes to fill in 1937 as head football coach of the Amarillo High Sandies. Blair Cherry had left for the University of Texas, and left three state championships and an 84-5 record behind.

Lynch carved his own niche, first in coaching and later in school administration. During his 14-year span as a head coach for the Sandies, the school won a state championship, reached the title game on another occasion and produced seven playoff appearances. And that all came in one decade - the 1940s.

Lynch's record at AHS was 126-29-1. In the 1940s, the Sandies averaged 10 victories per season.

In 1940, his third year as head coach, Amarillo High put together a 14-0 season captured the last of its four state championships. AHS defeated Temple, 20-7. His 1948 team advanced to the title game, but lost to Waco.

After the 1950 season, in which the Sandies went 4-6, the school board did not renew his contract. It was his only losing season as head coach.

"Dad pretty much separated the job from family life. I don't think that he ever brought the job home much," said his son, Sandy. "He actually wasn't as tough at home as our mom was. Dad was the kind of person you listened to. When he said something, you knew he meant it. If he had any negative reaction over what happened, he never said much. He was just that way. He kept things to himself."

Lynch, nicknamed "Bull," spent 21 years at Amarillo High, including the last 14 as head coach. He was born in Hamilton in 1908 and soon moved to Amarillo. He graduated from AHS in 1920.

He went to Centre College in Kentucky, and the University of Kentucky, where he earned a master's degree in 1933. His first head coaching job was at a high school in Franklin, Ky., where his teams were 24-12-1.

Lynch remained at Amarillo High after his contract as head coach was not renewed. He began to focus on school administration, land in March 1951, he became an assistant principal at Amarillo High, remaining in that position until Tascosa opened in the fall of 1958. He was the first principal at Tascosa and remained in that job until he retired in 1967.

After spending 37 years in the Amarillo school system, Lynch was an assistant vice president for Tascosa National Bank for 10 years.

Lynch passed away on Dec. 10, 1989, at age 87. His wife, Dolly, also is deceased. The couple had three sons - William Lynch, who lives in California; Sandy Lynch, who lives in Amarillo; and Dan Lynch, who is deceased.
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 19879486
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Howard W “Bull” Lynch (2 Mar 1902–10 Dec 1989), Find a Grave Memorial no. 19879486, citing Llano Cemetery, Amarillo, Randall County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Walter Dunn (contributor 46835578) .