Gary Lynch is the 19th men’s soccer player in program history to be inducted into the USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame. Playing under former head coach, and USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2006 inductee, Greg Hooks, Lynch played on the men’s soccer team from 2001-04. Lynch graduated from USC Upstate in 2005 with a degree in physical education. He later earned his master's degree in early childhood education from USC Upstate and is currently in the final stages of finishing his doctoral degree from the University of Glasgow. Currently, Lynch serves as an instructor in the School of Education at USC Upstate.
A native of Blackburn, England, Lynch was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) First Team All-American and Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year in 2004 after leading the nation in scoring with 3.58 points per game. His 68 points in 19 matches broke the program’s all-time single-season scoring record. He collected eight game-winning goals and finished the season with 26 goals, second-most for a season in program history, and 16 assists to lead the Spartans to a 15-4-0 record.
A two-time NSCAA All-Region and Peach Belt All-Conference performer, Lynch’s play helped USC Upstate to NCAA Division II Tournament appearances in 2002 and 2003. He led the Spartans to the Peach Belt Regular Season Championship in 2003 and three PBC Tournament titles from 2001-03, as well as an appearance in the tournament final in 2004.
He currently ranks third all-time at USC Upstate in career assists with 45, fifth with 121 points and 15th in scoring with 38 goals.
Lynch also wrapped up his four-year career as one of the top players to ever play in the Peach Belt Conference. He is second all-time, behind USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2006 inductee Henrik Ronnevig, in career assists and eighth in career points. With 68 points on 26 goals and 16 assists in 2004, he ranks eighth or better in Peach Belt Conference history.
On August 30, 2002, Lynch’s four assists against Limestone helped him tie for the most in a match in conference history.
Lynch began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at North Florida from 2005-06 before returning back to Spartanburg in 2006 to serve as an assistant coach with Hooks. He was an assistant coach for three seasons and helped USC Upstate to an NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in 2006.