January 1, 2009

Football coach killed in car accident

Nick Lynch, the football coach and athletic director at Suitland (Md.) High School, was killed in a New Year's Eve car accident, police said.

Lynch, 43, won 117 games and Maryland state football titles in 2004 and 2006.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Lynch was killed early Wednesday morning in a two-car collision about a mile from his Brandywine (Md.) home.

Maryland state trooper Wesley Brown told the newspaper Lynch's 2008 Dodge Magnum was struck by a 2000 GMC Sierra.

Brown added that Lynch was taken to Southern Maryland Hospital in Clinton, where he was pronounced dead and the driver of the Sierra suffered a broken leg.

The accident remains under investigation.

The school had never made the playoffs before Lynch's arrival in 1996, but during his 13-year tenure, Suitland won two Maryland championships and qualified for the playoffs nine times.

I can' tell you how much of an impact it's going to have, principal Mark Fossett told the Post.