Former Texico coach inducted into hall of fame

By Dave Wagner

David Lynn is a low-key kind of guy.

That’s why the Eunice native and former Texico High football coach didn’t make a big deal out of being inducted into the New Mexico High School Coaches Association Hall of Honors last week in a ceremony in Albuquerque.

“I was surprised (to be nominated),” said Lynn, beginning his second year as the head coach at Tularosa. “I don’t go out and promote myself, so that makes it a little sweeter.

“What’s really nice about it is that it’s kind of done on the fly.”

Lynn began his coaching career in 1977 at Hagerman. He’s had two stints each at Hagerman and Texico, and has also coached at Lamesa and Seymour in Texas and, for six years, at his high school alma mater.

His teams have won five state football championships — two each at Hagerman and Eunice and one at Texico — and finished runnerup four times. A state record-holder in shot put during his high school days, he also coached Eunice to a pair of state track championships.

“He’s a great guy and a diehard football coach,” said Mario Martinez, the New Mexico Activities Association’s new boys associate athletic director and longtime Fort Sumner coach whose Foxes beat Lynn’s Texico squad for the 1998 Class 1A state title.

“He’s kind of ‘old-school,’” Martinez said. “There’s nothing wrong with that. There aren’t enough of those guys left. We all soften a little with age, but he demands respect and responsibility and the right attitude.”

Lynn admitted he might be lost if he wasn’t coaching football, and with the start of the season just around the corner, he’s getting that feeling in the pit of his stomach again.

“It’s one of those things that I don’t know what else I’d do,” he said. “I don’t have any hobbies.”

His sons, Josh and Jeff, are both in the coaching business. Josh, a former tight end at Eastern New Mexico University, served as a graduate assistant for three years at ENMU before recently taking an assistant’s job at NCAA Division II Delta State (Miss.), while Jeff recently landed a position as a football assistant at New Mexico Military High School in Roswell.

“As long as my health is good and I still get excited about it, that’s what I’m going to do,” David Lynn said. “Football for the most part has been real good to us. You’re not going to get rich doing it, but you’re not going to go hungry.”