LOS ANGELES-Coach Michael Lynch has hit 500 wins with the Price Knights basketball program. Lynch has been making noise in the CIF Southern Section for 19 years with a record of 500 – 98 (83.6% winning percentage) at Price. The school celebrated this great milestone on Senior Night for this 2015 season with a video presentation of past players and staff.
During every break on Senior Night the presentation played on the video boards with a resounding theme: Lynch was more than just a coach. He was a mentor, role model, father figure and friend. Lynch’s passions and discipline has shown through the success of his players being ready for life on and off the court.
Furthermore, Lynch has been honored as Coach of the Year by the CIF in 1999. He was named the Southern California Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, honored as the Los Angeles Times Coach of the Year and has been a two-time Los Angeles Wave Newspaper Coach of the Year.
Starting off with just eight players and two parking cones in the former gym he lovingly refers to as “the barn,” the boys’ basketball program has become nationally known under Lynch’s leadership. In its short time, Price High School boasts an impressive track record of 11 league championships (at times they were a freelance team), 10 CIF titles, eight regional championships and six state championships. To date, the Knights hold the record as the only one of two schools to win four consecutive boys basketball state championships in all CIF history.
Out of the over 150 young men that he has coached, more than 29 (almost 20%) players have received scholarships to many well known colleges across the country.
Here are the stats: 19 players have received Division I scholarships, 4 players have received Division II scholarships, 5 players have received Division III/NAIA scholarships, 1 player has received a Canadian Division I scholarship, and countless players have gone on to play at the junior college level.