SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Over the weekend, Matthew Lynch, a member of the coaching staff at Jonathan Dayton High School celebrated an incredible milestone.
Lynch reached 100 career wins during his tenure with the Girls' Soccer Team, after his squad defeated Linden on Saturday. Following the win, Lynch spoke with TAPinto Springfield about reaching the milestone.
"It’s a nice milestone to reach as a coach," Lynch said in an email interview. "I am very proud of my overall record because it shows that I always challenged my players. I never wanted stay in a division where I knew it would be easy to get fifteen or sixteen wins because it would not prepare us for the state tournament."
For Lynch, the true challenge was pushing his team to greater heights.
"If I felt that my team could be competitive in a higher division, I requested to have us moved," he said. "When I took over the program, we were in the lowest division and not very successful. We had five wins in my first season and four wins in the second season.
"Now, we are in the UCC Mountain Division and are having success against very talented and competitive teams. We are also one of the smallest schools in the division, which shows how far the program has come."
When asked about the years of current and former players on the teams that helped him to reach the landmark win, Lynch said that he was proud of every single one, past and present.
"All of the girls that I have coached deserve a tremendous amount of credit for getting the program to where it is today," Lynch said. "I am very proud of them and I have been fortunate to coach dedicated, enthusiastic and talented players throughout all of these years."
And as the regular season comes to a close, Lynch said that he believes the team is in a good position thanks to overcoming the adversity of last year's tough season.
"My team this year is definitely different from the teams that I have coached in the past," he said. "I knew that we had a young, talented team last year, which only produced three wins; however, they knew how important it was to play that type of schedule in order to be successful this year.
"This year, we know that we can be competitive with any team on our schedule and are confident that this level of play will help us advance this year in the state tournament."