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Billy Lynch has added the role of Co-Offensive Coordinator to his job responsibilities in his fourth season at Rice in addition to continuing to coach the Owls;' wide receivers. Lynch and Larry Edmondson will share the responsibility for the Owls' offensive game plans this season.
In his first three seasons, Lynch has overseen the conversion of Jordan Taylor from quarterback into one of the top receivers in the conference and the emergence of Dennis Parks as an equally disruptive weapon to team on the opposite side. Taylor enters his senior year ranked sixth in both career receptions and yard and seventh in receiving touchdowns. Three of his eight touchdown receptions last season were from 60 yards out or longer, including a 75-yard bomb from Taylor McHargue that set a C-USA Championship game record. Parks led the team with a 17.5 yards per catch average while finishing second to Taylor in catches and receiving yards.
In 2012, Taylor emerged as a vital component of the Owls air attack which was punctuated with his record-setting effort in the Armed Forces Bowl. Taylor set a Rice bowl game record with 153 yards and three touchdowns on nine receptions to earn Rice MVP honors in the game. Lynch also guided the transition of Sam McGuffie from running back to receiver and the senior responded with 54 receptions and five touchdowns.
Lynch joined the Rice coaching staff on Feb. 22, 2011 after six seasons at Indiana where he developed some of the most productive receivers in Hoosiers' history. In 2010 his top three receivers, Damarlo Belcher (78 catches, 832 yards, 4 touchdowns), Terrance Turner (67, 681, 3) and Doss (63 catches, 706 yards, 7 touchdowns) topped 60 catches and 700 yards receiving and the unit set a school record with 3,446 total yard.
In 2009, Tandon Doss became Lynch's second All-Big Ten receiver (James Hardy), as he earned first team honors from the conference media and second team recognition from the league's coaches.
As sophomores in 2009, Doss and Belcher became the first duo in IU history to each collect 60-plus receptions and 700-plus yards in a season. Their 138 combined catches rank first in Hoosier lore (third in Big Ten in 2009) and 1,732 yards sit second (second in Big Ten).
Doss finished second in the Big Ten and 30th nationally in yards per game (80.2) and third in the league and tied for 22nd nationally in catches per game (6.64). He closed out the year second on IU's single-season receptions list and fifth in the school's single-season yardage rankings.
Belcher wrapped up the year tied for fourth on Indiana's single-season receptions list and 13th on the single-season yardage list. He ranked fifth in the Big Ten with 5.08 grabs per game and sixth in yards per game (64.2).
The 2008 corps, led by Ray Fisher and Andrew Means, saw four receivers reach 25 receptions and post over 275 yards. It also featured one of the top true freshman duos in IU history - Belcher and Doss.
Fisher and Means, who signed a professional baseball contract with the Cincinnati Reds in 2008, became the 13th and 14th Hoosiers, respectively, to go over 100 career receptions and 1,000 career yards in 2008, joining Hardy as the second and third wideouts under Lynch to enter the elite club. Means also earned a spot on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List, the third straight year a Hoosier appeared on the list (Hardy - 2006, 2007).
Belcher (25 catches, 337 yards and two touchdowns) and Doss (14, 186, one) combined for the second-highest receiving yardage total by a true freshman duo in school history. Among Hoosier true freshmen, Belcher's 25 receptions and 337 yards rank third all-time.
The 2007 season saw Lynch's wide receivers re-write the IU record books, as they recorded a school-record 3,073 yards. Hardy, who was selected in the second round (41st pick) of the NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, set new school marks with 16 receiving TDs and 79 catches. He finished his career as the school's all-time receiving yardage (2,740), receptions (191) and receiving touchdowns (36) leader. Hardy was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, named All-America by five publications and selected first team All-Big Ten.
Led by Hardy, the 2006 Hoosiers finished third in the Big Ten in receiving yards per game. Hardy was a second team all-conference selection after leading the team with 51 catches, 722 yards and 10 touchdowns. Six different Hoosier wideouts caught 20 passes and went over 200 yards, with five of those six being underclassmen.
In 2005, Lynch tutored Hardy to one of the most prolific debut seasons IU has seen at wide receiver. Hardy finished with 61 receptions (fourth in school history), 10 touchdowns (tied for third all-time) and 893 yards (seventh all-time). In addition, his five 100-yard games were tied for the second most in a season in school history.
One of five assistant coaches that came from Miami (Ohio) University to Indiana, Lynch was the RedHawks' tight ends coach in 2004 and offensive graduate assistant in 2002-03. During his tenure in Oxford, Lynch assisted with a potent offense that led the nation at 43.0 points per game in 2003.
He spent his undergraduate years as a wide receiver and three-year letter winner at Ball State University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in education in 2002. He led the Cardinals with 40 receptions his senior year. He also lettered three years in basketball, including the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons for then-BSU head coach and current Indiana assistant basketball coach Tim Buckley.
Billy and his wife, Carla, have four children, daughter Lindsey (8), and sons, Max (6), and Ryan (5) and Michael (1).
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