JOE LYNCH | VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH
Joe Lynch is in his 13th year with Iowa State and seventh as a volunteer coach after serving as an assistant for four seasons. Lynch's primary responsibilities include defensive training.
After eight-straight seasons of All-American liberos, Lynch had a new challenge in 2016 to develop a new Cyclone libero. The project was a success as Lynch helped guide Hali Hillegas to Big 12 All-Freshman Team honors, a pair of Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week awards, the ISU freshman record for digs in a match (33) and the second-most digs by a freshman in program history (413).
In 2015, Lynch worked with the ISU middle blockers, and the Cyclone middles had one of its best offensive season’s in program history. Samara West broke ISU’s school record for hitting percentage in a season at .352, while Alexis Conaway was right behind her at .351. The duo combined to average 4.24 kills per set for the Cyclones.
Lynch is the man behind Iowa State’s “Libero U” reputation it has earned. Through working with three-time All-Americans Ashley Mass and Kristen Hahn and two-time All-American Caitlin Nolan, Iowa State has eight Big 12 Libero of the Year awards and 47 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week awards. His work with Hahn helped her become the first Cyclone to play for the United States Senior National Team.
Mass was a two-time all-American at Iowa State and holds the Big 12 record for career digs with 2,294. Hahn followed a 2011 all-America honorable mention nod with a selection to the All-America second team in 2012 and 2013. Nolan’s 2015 saw her post the highest digs per set in Iowa State and Big 12 history with 5.78 digs per set, ranking fifth in the NCAA.
Iowa State was the only team in 2012 to average better than 17.00 digs per set in league play, tallying 17.53 digs per set, led by Hahn (5.84 digs per set). Hahn was the only Big 12 player with 30 digs in three matches in 2012 and the Cyclone freshmen broke a record with 596 digs, the most by a first-year class.
Lynch came to the Cyclones as one of the most highly experienced club and prep coaches in the Midwest. The Wauwatosa, Wis., native had spent his career on the sidelines at the prep and club level, building some of the most successful high school and club teams in the state of Wisconsin following his successful playing career. His efforts have earned him national accolades as one of the most highly respected prep coaches.
Lynch affirmed his ability as a coach at the junior level and cemented his reputation as one of the finest prep coaches in the nation in 2005, when he was honored as the AVCA Prep Coach of the Year. His efforts brought national recognition to the ISU staff early in its tenure.
Lynch is an accomplished coach and player with over 20 seasons as head coach of several prominent high school and club teams in Wisconsin. He has two state titles and eight conference crowns as a head coach and has earned several honors as a player. In the summer of 2015, Lynch was inducted into the Wauwatosa East High School Hall of Fame for his work as a coach.
A 1998 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Lynch earned a degree in education. At UW-Milwaukee, Lynch competed on the men's volleyball team, starting three seasons and serving as team captain for two of those campaigns. He was a second-team all-conference performer in 1993.
Lynch was a member of a USVBA men's team from 1994 to 2002 and earned a spot on the USVBA All-Rookie team in 1994, earning second team All-America honors that season. He led his team to a fourth-place finish in 1997 and seventh-place distinction in 1994.
During his playing days, Lynch also embarked on a successful coaching career. He worked at a number of summer camps prior to becoming the head volleyball coach at Milwaukee-St. Joan Antida High School in 1990. In 1991, Lynch took the top job at Wauwatosa East in his hometown and promptly led the Red Raiders to eight conference crowns, four runner-up finishes at the Wisconsin state tournament and state championships in 1992 and 1994.
Lynch also served as an assistant at his alma mater in 1996 and as the head coach of the Milwaukee Sting volleyball club beginning in 1990. The Sting captured a national championship in 2004 in the 16-year old division, while earning five other top-three finishes in both the 16- and 18-year old group competitions. Lynch has also served as a member of the Board of Directors and as camp director for the Sting.
Lynch is the husband of Cyclones head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch. The couple resides in Ames and has one son, Jamison, and a daughter, Addison.