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John Lynch

Enshrined 1997

John Lynch made his mark in basketball as a player, a coach and a referee. Lynch played for Christian Brothers Academy and was a member of the 1930 Eastern States Catholic Basketball League championship team.


Lynch later coached at several schools including CBA and St. John the Baptist, where he won a Parochial League title. After coaching, Lynch became a respected intercollegiate basketball official


Lynch, who encouraged CBA to open its doors to female students, was a charter member of CBA’s LaSallian Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. A trophy given to the most outstanding senior basketball player is named after him.


Lynch, who was a prominent real estate businessman, served on the boards of many community groups including the Catholic Charities, Catholic Youth Organization and SU Orange Pack and Varsity. He also was an original member of the Greater Syracuse Hall of Fame board of directors and a founding member and past president of the Blind Men and Criers Marching and Chower Society.




1930: CBA basketball team; won city championship over Rosary and captured the Eastern States Catholic High School title at Pittsfield, Mass. 

1931: Coached the Central City Business basketball team; 16-2 record

1932-1933: Basketball coach at Powelson Institute 

1934-1936: Basketball coach at St. John the Baptist; Won the Parochial League Championship and Diocesan Championships; One of the few coaches to win both City and Parochial Championship 

1941: Coached basketball at St. Anthony’s 

1942: Coached basketball at St. Vincent’s 

1943-1946: Head coach of the Santa Anita Army basketball team; ranked second in collegiate basketball

1981: "Joe Schwarzer Award" from Blind Men and Criers 

1989: Received the Blind Men and Criers annual “Edward J Kearney Award” for service to the Syracuse community

1986: Formed the John Lynch Realty Company. Board Member of the United Fund, Hill Haven Nursing Home, Brighton Towers and St. Joseph’s Hospital 

1990: Received The Purple and Gold Award, given by the CBA Alumni Association 

2000: Inducted into the inaugural class of the LaSallian Sports Hall of Fame at CBA

2004: Inducted into the Northside Hall of Fame 

2009: CBA named their gymnasium in honor of John Lynch 


*Recipient of "Letters of Affiliation", CBA’s highest honor;  


Former Board Member of the CYO, past Board Member of SU Orange Pack and Varsity Club, Member of Ernie Davis and Dave Bing Clubs, Member of Onondaga Gold and Country Club Cavalry Club and Golfing Cavaliers.

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