Danielle Lynch begins her eighth season with the Bison, working with the sprinters, middle distance runners and hurdlers. She also directs the program's community service initiatives and Sideline Coaches Program, serves as an academic advisor, plays a large role in the recruiting process, works with the Spiked Shoe Club that connects the program's alumni and edits the Bison Express.
Recently Lynch has coached 2012 graduate Rob Arent, an eight-time gold medalist at the Patriot League Championships and a two-time Outstanding Track Athlete of the Meet at the league's outdoor championships who currently holds all three Bucknell hurdling records. She also led former Bison Kerry Boyle to four individual Patriot League titles -- three in the 400 and one in the 200 -- and three school records. Boyle was also an IC4A and NCAA regional qualifier.
Lynch's list of athletes also includes the 2012 Patriot League Indoor Track Athlete of the Meet Justin Hicks, who holds a share of the 60, 200 and 4x100 relay school records, as well as Christian Lupica, an IC4A qualifier and current 200-meter record holder who enters his sophomore season already with an All-East and two All-Patriot League citations.
On the women's side Lynch coached the 4x100 relay to a Patriot League championship in 2011 and school records in each of the last two seasons. Current junior Jennifer Zymet claimed her second consecutive 400-meter league title last spring under Lynch's guidance, and 2009 graduate Megan Hathaway also won three individual Patriot League titles in both the indoor 500 and outdoor 800. Hathaway was an ECAC and NCAA regional qualifier and school record-holder in the 500.
Lynch made her coaching debut at The United States Military Academy at West Point where she worked with the men and women sprinters and hurdlers for two seasons. While on the staff for the Black Knights, she helped the men's team win two Patriot League outdoor titles as well as an IC4A outdoor title.
Lynch has attained USATF Level I and II Certifications in Sprints, Hurdles & Relays, Combined Events and Endurance Running and is also a Women's Coaching Academy graduate, a member of the Black Coaches Association and a charter member of the Alliance for Women Coaches.
A graduate of Rutgers, Lynch competed in the sprints, hurdles and multi events and was elected co-captain and MVP as a senior. She clocked a 400 hurdle time of 58.28 and competed at the NCAA Championships, USATF National Championships and in the 2004 US Olympic Trials. While at Rutgers, Lynch double majored in anthropology and geography.
In her spare time, Lynch is the basileus of the local alumnae chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated. She helps to organize community service projects to support victims of domestic violence and promote women's health and civil treatment education.
Lynch completed her master's degree in education at Bucknell in 2010. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa., with her husband, Tony Lynch, and a daughter and son, Olivia and Anthony.