Phone: 856-652-2700 ext. 1103
Degrees and Certifications:
Degrees • B.A. in Psychology, Princeton University • M.A. in Educational Administration, Rowan University Licensure/Certification: • Principal – NJ • Supervisor – NJ • K-8 Teacher – NJ • USATF Level 1 Certification Honor Societies • Alpha Epsilon Lambda graduate honor society member- 4.0 GPA Publications • Stone, J., Lynch, C. I., Sjomeling, M., Darley, J. M. (1999). Stereotype threat effects on Black and White athletic performance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 77, 1213.
Mr. Christian Lynch
Hey there Bulldogs,
My name is Christian Lynch, and I am honored and humbled to be the Director of Athletics at Glassboro High School. This is a district steeped in tradition and excellence, and I consider myself fortunate to be a member of the Bulldog family.
I have a long history in the local area. Having grown up in nearby Franklinville and attended Delsea Regional High School, I frequently found myself on the local basketball courts, the old bowling alley, and, of course, Taco Bell as a youth. In high school, I was a committed student-athlete (cross country and track) as well as a hardcore musician. After college, I attended Princeton University where I majored in Psychology, with a deep research emphasis in social psychology and stereotype threat. I also was a member of the varsity cross country and track teams at Princeton.
After expecting to move into the medical field after college, my career took a very fortunate detour, as I took a last-minute teaching job as a first-grade teacher and cross country coach at Princeton Day School while finishing research work at Princeton University (which eventually was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology). From there, I was offered a job as a second-grade teacher at a charter school, Trenton Community Charter School (which has since closed), where I also received my standard teaching certification. I then was offered the opportunity to grow a fledgling interscholastic athletic program at Princeton Charter School, a PreK-8 school, as their athletic coordinator, which I took. While there, I also taught grades 3-8 in science, math, social studies, and physical education. After implementing an 11-sport interscholastic athletic program, I decided that my almost 1.5 hour daily commute to central New Jersey was taking a toll on my family, so I made a change.
I was offered a position at Kingsway Regional Middle School as an eighth-grade science teacher and a position at Kingsway Regional High School as the cross country, winter track & field, and spring track & field coach. I subsequently spent 18 great years at Kingsway. During that time, I participated academically in a district that had approximately 500 middle school students and 900 high school students when I started, and ballooned to 900 middle school students and 1800 high school students. I taught over 2500 different students during that time. I was recognized twice as "Dragon of the Month" during my tenure and also received the district's Distinguished Service Award. Along with current Gloucester County superintendent Ave Altersitz, I helped start our school's first equity committee, which sponsored countless roundtable discussions, information gathering initiatives, guest speakers, and community forums aimed at supporting the district's equity plan aimed at inclusiveness and access. I also was involved in science curriculum writing and mentorship during my time at Kingsway. I even found time to go back to school to get my Masters in Educational Administration at Rowan.
Athletically, I had the opportunity to work with hundreds of student-athletes as well as a fantastic coaching staff, and we had unprecedented success within our cross country and track programs. I had the pleasure of being the head coach for 11 state championship teams (three in cross country; eight in track). I was named New Jersey state coach of the year twice and was named South Jersey Coach of the Year five times. I received induction into the New Jersey Coaches Hall of Fame as well as the Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame, and I also received commendation from the NJSIAA for career contributions in cross country. During my time at Kingsway, I coached over 200 student-athletes who went on to compete at the collegiate level. Since 2014, I have served on the NJSIAA Cross Country and Track committees. I also have found time to act as the sports writer for the Newtown Press for the last decade.
Currently, I still live in the area with my daughters, Kayley (19) and Khloe (13). They both are avid volleyball players. Kayley, a Williamstown HS graduate, is a freshman computer & electrical engineering student at Rowan. Khloe is a 7th grader who plays for the Eastern Volleyball Academy club team (out of Glassboro). They are my "pride and joy" and keep me young!
Now, as a Bulldog, I am excited to bring my passion for people and for athletics to Glassboro, and I look forward to working with each of our kids and their families every day. With a commitment to the plan, a focus on our work, and faith in the process, we will reach the high goals that we have set for our students and school. I look forward to interacting in a positive, productive way with kids and adults alike in the community.
Mr. Christian Lynch
Director of Athletics
Glassboro Public School District