When Chuck Lynch resigned as head football coach at New Milford in 2012 after 10 seasons at the helm, he had a hunch that a return to high school coaching wouldn’t be far away.
Lynch — with 20 years of experience coaching at the high school level — proceeded to spend the next four seasons at WestConn before returning to the Green Wave as an assistant under Larry Badaracco in 2017. When Badaracco resigned last November, the opportunity was there for Lynch to return to his perch.
Lynch was named the Green Wave’s head coach earlier this week, ending a several-month search to fill the position. Lynch — a social studies teacher at the school — met with his squad, one he is familiar both on the field and in the classroom.
“When I left in 2012 my plan was always to come back and coach somewhere,” Lynch said. “I just appreciate the opportunity that I had to come back (last year) and now take this job. We have a lot of things that we didn’t when I left and I’m excited to get started.”
Lynch — who also played for the Green Wave — was a running backs coach for the Colonials, who posted a 7-3 record last season.
“Western was a great experience,” Lynch said. “I came away a better coach, I was able to reflect on what I did (at New Milford) and I had the opportunity to work with a lot of talented coaches.”
New Milford recently agreed to the combine the town’s two youth teams — the Green Wave and the Bulls — under one banner after a decade apart. Lynch anticipates being involved there as the program looks to take a step forward.
That combined with the two pristine turf fields the Green Wave call home has Lynch — who went 28-73 in his first stint at the school believing this is an excellent opportunity.
“The opportunity is definitely different,” Lynch said. “I think I’m a better coach in terms of management, X’s and O’s and the daily running of a high school football program. I think we have some players in the program who are natural leaders; they’ll be extensions of me in the program.”
The Green Wave may look similar from a philosophical standpoint in 2018, Lynch added, though special teams aggressiveness — relentless onside kicks and fourth down attempts — may be reduced.