Joey Lynch, a veteran quarterback coach and prolific passer in his own playing days, joined Vanderbilt as the pass game coordinator and quarterbacks coach in January, 2021.
While the 2021 season will be the first at the Power 5 level for Lynch, he has spent the last seven years coaching quarterbacks. He was with Colorado State for the 2020 season after completing a 11-year stint at Ball State, his alma mater.
During Lynch’s season with the Rams, Colorado State played four games and averaged 22.2 points/contest and 199.5 passing yards/contest. Quarterbacks Patrick O’Brien and Todd Centeio combined to throw for 798 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for two more scores.
Lynch arrived in Fort Collins after his seasons at Ball State, including the final six as offensive coordinator and the last as the assistant head coach.
During the 2019 campaign, Lynch’s offensive attack was the most potent in the Mid-American Conference as the Cardinals led the league in scoring (34.8), total offensive yards/game (463.0) and plays/game (75.8). Nationally, the Cardinals ranked No. 16 in total offense and No. 22 in rushing offense in 2019. It was the program’s highest mark for total offense/game in more than 10 seasons. For his efforts, Lynch was nominated for the Broyles Award, given to the nation’s top assistant.
Six Cardinals from the offense were named All-MAC in 2019, including lineman Danny Pinter and wide receiver Justin Hall on the first team. Pinter, a converted tight end, also garnered All-America honors from Pro Football Focus and was an NFL Draft pick. Hall, a three-time All-MAC pick, finished the season with 61 receptions for 684 yards. He was one of four Ball State receivers to tally at least 500 yards receiving as the Cardinals distributed the ball throughout their receiving corps. Of the 24 MAC receivers to record more than 500 yards receiving during the 2019 season, the Cardinals’ four led the 12-team conference.
Running back Caleb Huntley’s 1,275 yards and 106.3 yards/game ranked third among MAC running backs as the Cardinals’ 219.4 yards/game on the ground was their second-highest mark in the previous 40 years. In three of Lynch’s final four seasons at Ball State, a Cardinal running back finished in the league’s top three for rushing yards/game.
Lynch’s passing attack led the conference in 2018 in yards/game and attempts/game as the Cardinals were one of only three MAC schools to have two receivers, Hall and Riley Miller, rank inside the top 12 in receiving yards/game.
Some of Lynch’s most difficult work was in 2017, when the Cardinals were forced to start four quarterbacks due to injuries.
In 2016, Ball State’s offense was one of only three in the MAC to average 200 rushing and 200 passing yards/game. Running back James Gilbert tallied 1,332 yards, the fourth most in a season in program history.
Lynch’s 2014 Ball State offense capped off a historic career for running back Jahwan Edwards as he broke Ball State’s career rushing record with 4,558 yards.
While Lynch worked with the Cardinal tight ends in 2011-13, Ball State advanced to a pair of bowl games, the 2012 Beef O’Brady’s Bowl and 2013 GoDaddy Bowl. Lynch coached Zane Fakes to All-MAC first team honors as a tight end in 2012 and 2013. Lynch also tutored Fakes to Capital One Academic All-America honors in 2013.
Lynch was promoted to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in December of 2013, prior to Ball State’s appearance in the GoDaddy Bowl.
As the Cardinals’ wide receivers coach in 2009 and 2010, Lynch guided Briggs Orsbon to a team-high 51 catches and 461 receiving yards in 2010.
Lynch spent the 2008 season as the Ashland University offensive coordinator, helping the program to averages of 324 yards passing, 146 yards rushing and 38.0 points/game. His work with quarterback Billy Cundiff resulted in All-America first team honors as the Eagles won their first postseason game in program history with a 27-16 victory on Nov. 15, 2008, against Minnesota State-Mankato. Cundiff was also tabbed the conference player of the year and a nominee for the Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the Division II football player of the year.
St. Joseph’s marked Lynch’s first coaching stop as he worked with quarterbacks and as the offensive coordinator in 2007.
A 2002 graduate of Delta High School, Lynch headed to Ball State, where he was a four-year letter man. He graduated as one of the most prolific passers in Cardinal history, completing 391-of-613 passes for 4,292 yards with 37 touchdowns and a .638 career passing percentage. When his career ended, Lynch was ranked second in Ball State history for career completion percentage and tied for first with six games of 250 or more yards passing. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 2007.
Lynch and his wife, Danielle, have five sons, J.J., Danny, Harrison, Lux and Roland, and a daughter, Hattie.
The Lynch File
Hometown: Muncie, Indiana
High School: Delta
College: Ball State (finance, 2007)
Children: Sons – J.J., Danny, Harrison, Lux, Roland; Daughter – Hattie
2003-06 • Ball State (Quarterback)
2007 • St. Joseph’s (Ind.) • Offensive Coordinator
2008 • Ashland • Offensive Coordinator
2009 • Ball State • Wide Receivers
2010 • Ball State • Wide Receivers
2011 • Ball State • Tight Ends
2012 • Ball State • Tight Ends
2013 • Ball State • Tight Ends
2014 • Ball State • Offensive Coordinator
2015 • Ball State • Offensive Coordinator
2016 • Ball State • Offensive Coordinator
2017 • Ball State • Offensive Coordinator
2018 • Ball State • Offensive Coordinator
2019 • Ball State • Assistant Head Coach • Offensive Coordinator
2020 • Colorado State • Offensive Coordinator
2021 • Vanderbilt • Pass Game Coordinator • Quarterbacks
2008 • Ashland • Division II Playoffs
2012 • Ball State • Beef O’Brady’s Bowl
2013 • Ball State • GoDaddy Bowl