2013 Danielle Lynch Appointed as First Track and Field Coach in Penn State Harrisburg History
Danielle Lynch became the first-ever track and field coach in Penn State Harrisburg history. She was hired in fall 2013 to coach the cross-country team and to prepare for the first year of track and field, which began in the 2014-2015 academic year.
In her first season as cross-country coach, the team won its home invitational for the first time in the college’s history.
By the second season of the new track and field team, one of Lynch’s athletes qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Not only did he qualify for this national competition, but he won 3rd place in the discus. He was ranked 14th prior to the event.
Lynch graduated with a B.A. in Geography and Anthropology from Rutgers in 2003 where she was a nationally ranked track and field athlete. In 2004, she competed in the Olympic trials. She continued her education at Bucknell with an M.S. in Education in 2010. Prior to coaching at Penn State Harrisburg, she was assistant coach for Bucknell’s track and field team for eight years and an assistant track and field coach at Army for two.
Lynch is a member of the Alliance for Women’s Coaches, on the Athletics Diversity Issues Planning Committee, and is an NCAA Women’s Coaching Academy graduate.