Football coach/AD dies in crash

Updated: January 1, 2009, 3:03 PM ET
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Football coach and athletic director Nick Lynch, who led Maryland's Suitland High School to two state championships and five straight playoff appearances, was killed in a two-car crash early Wednesday morning.

Lynch, 43, won 117 games and state titles in 2004 and 2006.

"The football players had great respect for him," Lynch's brother, Keith, a former Suitland assistant coach, told The Washington Post. "Where other people gave up on kids, he was there for them. A lot of them, man, he was a father to a lot of them. A lot of them grew up in broken homes."

According to The Post, Lynch was about a mile from his home when, attempting to make a left turn, his 2008 Dodge Magnum was struck by a 2000 GMC Sierra.

Lynch played wide receiver at East Tennessee State University, The Post said.

"He's had an impact on so many people's lives -- not only football players, but students in general," Suitland principal Mark Fossett told The Post. "It wasn't like Nick was just the head coach of football."

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