Former Yellow Jacket standout Christy Lynch joined the Georgia Tech women’s tennis program as an assistant coach in 2014-15.
In 2016-17, Lynch helped the Jackets to a remarkable 27-5 overall record and 13-1 ACC league mark, claiming a share of the regular season title. Tech earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season and finished the season ranked No. 9 nationally. For her stellar work on the courts, Lynch was named the 2017 ITA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year, becoming the second assistant coach in program history to earn the honor.
During her second season in 2015-16, Tech posted a 19-9 overall ledger to go along with an 11-3 ACC mark. The Yellow Jackets reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament before falling to Ohio State in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
During her first season, the Yellow Jackets went 17-10 overall record and had a 9-5 mark in ACC play. The Yellow Jackets made their 16th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round, and finished the season ranked #20 in the ITA Rankings. During the ACC Tournament, the Jackets advanced to their fifth ACC Championship Title Match before falling to Virginia.
Lynch, whose maiden name is Striplin, played for the Yellow Jackets from 2005-09 and was a part of one of the most memorable Georgia Tech teams in the history of the program. During her time on the court for the Jackets, Tech won the 2007 NCAA National Championship, four ACC titles and two team National Indoor titles. Lynch helped the Yellow Jackets win the 2007 National Championship by winning all six of her singles matches in the NCAA Championship.
Lynch’s name can be seen throughout the Georgia Tech record book. The Birmingham, Alabama native’s 117 career singles matches is second all-time at Georgia Tech and her 68 doubles victories ranks 11th on the career list. Lynch recorded 35 singles wins on the way to the 2007 National Championship, which is the sixth-highest seasonal mark in Tech history. As a senior in 2008-09, she aided the Yellow Jackets’ fifth straight NCAA round of 16 appearance, and finished off the year with a 30-14 singles record along with a No. 42 national ranking.
Lynch graduated from Georgia Tech in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in management. Following graduation, Lynch competed as a professional on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour for a year. Lynch returned to the Flats in 2012, serving as a volunteer assistant coach during Harmon’s first season at the helm of the Jackets. Lynch was then hired as the assistant coach of the Emory women’s tennis team in August 2013.
During the 2013-14 season, the Emory Eagles won the 2014 NCAA Division III Championship while setting a school record for wins in a year with a 28-2 record. Lynch helped coach the NCAA D-III National Singles Champion, three Division III ITA All-Americans, the ITA Division III Atlantic South Regional Player of the Year, the ITA Division III Senior Player of the Year and the UAA MVP and Rookie of the Year. Both Lynch and Emory head coach Amy Bryant were named the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year. Seven Eagles were also named to the All-UAA First Team this past season.