Eastern New Mexico University’s Josh Lynn was chosen the Lone Star Conference’s football coach of the year in selections released on Thursday by the conference office in Richardson, Texas.
Lynn led the Greyhounds to a 7-3 record in 2013, including 5-1 for a tie for the conference championship with Tarleton State. He is the first ENMU football coach to receive the honor since the late Bud Elliott was named the then-South Division coach of the year.
“It was kind of a surprise,” said Lynn, a former ENMU player and graduate assistant who is now 10-10 in two seasons at the school. “I’m a young guy, but it’s a nice surprise. With that said, I can’t talk about this award withoout talking about the staff I work with, especially Kelley (offensive cordinator Lee) and Oliver (defensive coordinator Soukup).”
ENMU had 14 total selections to the squad, but only three first-teamers in junior running back Jordan Wells, senior fullback Chrsitian Long and junior safety Kevin Reaves.
“We expected (Reaves) to get some form of honors, but (to get first-team) was great,” Lynn said. “The safety position was one of the deepest positions this year in the league.
“We distributed the ball to so many people, especially running the football, that nobody really had killer numbers.”
West Texas A&M, which finished third in the league but has the best overall record (9-2) and was the only LSC team chosen for the NCAA Division II playoffs, dominated the selections. The Buffaloes had 21 overall selections, including a whopping 13 first-teamers, and took five of the 10 individual awards.
No one else in the seven-team league had more than five first-teamers.
“They were a veteran football team,” Lynn said. “West Texas is an older group, and they have a lot of really good players.
“We did a lot better than we did last year (in all-conference selections). We were vastly improved over last year.”
ENMU ALL-LSC SELECTIONS
• First-team offense: Jordan Wells, Jr., RB; Christian Long, Sr., FB.
• First-team defense: Kevin Reaves, Jr., S.
• Second-team offense: John Mendoza, Sr., G; Kevin Smith, Sr., T; Jacob Johnson, Jr., WR.
• Second-team defense: Ben Langford, Jr., OLB; Call Barnard, Jr., OLB; Darrelyn McCloud, Jr., CB.
• Honorable mention: Maanaima Lang, Jr., C; Jeremy Buurma, So., QB; Seth Bailey, Jr., ILB; Julian Yearwood, Jr., ILB; Charlie Savedra, Jr., DS.
• Coach of the year: Josh Lynn.