Concordia Lutheran head baseball coach Rick Lynch recently recorded his 500th coaching victory in a 6-5 victory over state-ranked Santa Fe Feb. 25.
"It means that I have coached a long time," Lynch said with a laugh. "I also have 263 losses to go with that."
Lynch started his head coaching career at Livingston High School, before a stop over at Tarkington High for a year. He spent several seasons at Santa Fe High School, before becoming a scouting supervisor for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the late 80's.
"I was there when Barry Bonds was just a 185 pound kid with a lot of talent," he said.
He also coached at Spring Westfield before taking the head coaching position at Tomball High School in 2000. He compiled a 236-99 record at Tomball, while turning a struggling program into a constant playoff threat.
"The year before I came to Tomball they had five wins," he said.
Lynch has coached 10 major league players and more than 50 who played in the minor leagues. Many of his players keep in contact with him and several have even coached for him.
'The neat thing about doing this job is when you get wedding invitations and birth announcements from former players," he said. "Building those kind of relationships is the best part of it all."
Lynch made a tough decision three years ago, when he decided to leave Tomball for Concordia Lutheran High School.
"It was hard, especially considering what I knew they had coming," he said, referring to a class of players that would eventually win the 4A state championship in 2013. "This was an opportunity I couldn't pass up though."
In three years Lynch has taken the Crusaders to the TAPPS playoffs twice and this year has his team ranked number 41 in the country by Perfect Game, with an 11-1 start to the season.
"We have a great group of kids and most of them will be back next year too," he said.
He points to seniors like center fielder John Grimsley, who has signed with the University of San Diego, 6-foot, 4-inch pitcher Glenn Otto, junior infielder and pitcher Ke'Bryan Hayes and sophomore phenom catcher Garrett Wolforth as a few of the many reasons why the team is off to a fast start.
"This junior class tied for a district championship their freshman year," he said. "We have a lot of talent on this team."
Having that kind of success comes with a monetary price. To that end the Crusaders will hold their second annual gala event, titled A Night With Texas Legends.
The event will be held Friday, March 21 at Landry's in The Woodlands. Attendees will see celebrities like Burton "Bubba" Gilliam of Blazing Saddles fame, former Rockets great Calvin Murphy, former Houston Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini, former Houston Astros manager Larry Dierker and others in a question and answer session.
The event will be emceed by sports writer Kenny Hand and Astros broadcaster Bill Brown and will also feature an auction of sports memorabilia, a fishing trip with Lynch and Dierker and golf with Pastorini. There will even be a Blazing Saddles script signed by Mel Brooks.
"The exciting thing about what we did with this last year was that it became such a neat thing that we could expand it this year," Lynch said.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 and sponsorships of $1,000 and $5,000 are also available. For more information email Lynch at
or visit www.sadarnationtx.com/baseball.