West Texas A&M officially welcomed Josh Lynn as the 29th head coach in Buffalo Football history on Friday afternoon during a press conference inside the Fairly Group Club at Bain-Schaeffer Buffalo Stadium.
Lynn, widely regarded as one of the nations up-in-coming head coaches, comes to Canyon following six seasons at the University of Nebraska-Kearney where he lead the Lopers to an overall record of 35-25 including a run to the Second Round of the 2021 NCAA Division II Playoffs. Lynn coached 61 all-conference selections during his time in Kearney while being named the MIAA Coach of the Year in 2021.
The Lopers won a single game the season prior to Lynn’s arrival, since then he turned Kearney into a national contender with three winning seasons including 18 victories over the last two years. UNK also excelled in the classroom during his tenure, placing 188 student-athletes on the MIAA Academic Honor Roll.
UNK went 8-3 overall this past season as they were nationally and regionally ranked throughout the fall, placing 15 on the All-MIAA teams. Quarterback TJ Davis was once again a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy as the junior claimed MIAA Offensive Player of the Year accolades for the second time while being named an AFCA Second Team All-American.
2021 saw the Lopers finish 10-3 overall with a 9-2 mark in the MIAA, reaching the second round of the NCAA Playoffs. UNK was regionally and nationally ranked throughout the year and saw Davis finish as the Harlon Hill Trophy Runner Up while also being named the MIAA Offensive Player of the Year. Thirteen others were named All-MIAA with Davis, Darious Swanson and Corey Hoelck tabbed as All-Americans.