Ron Lynn Named Co-Defensive Coordinator And Assistant Head Coach At Stanford
Feb. 8, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford named Ron Lynn as the team's co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach on Friday. Lynn comes to Stanford with a wealth of coaching wisdom after 38 years of experience coaching football at both the collegiate and professional level. Linebackers coach Andy Buh has also been elevated to co-defensive coordinator.
'We're tremendously excited to add Ron Lynn to our staff,' said Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh. 'He brings a wealth of football knowledge and experience to our staff that our players and coaches will benefit from. I feel like we have one of the great defensive minds in the country.'
'I'm really been pleased with Andy Buh,' added Harbaugh about Buh's promotion. 'Andy is a very talented coach, and we felt that our linebackers were extremely well-coached last season, and it showed on the field.'
Lynn and Buh will work with a Stanford defense that was much improved in 2007 and ended up third in the Pac-10 in both sacks and tackles for loss, as well as fifth nationally in tackles for loss and 11th in sacks.
Lynn's long line of experience includes defensive coordinator positions in the National Football League with the San Diego Chargers (1986-91), Cincinnati Bengals (1992-93) and Washington Redskins (1994-96). He also was secondary coach in the NFL with the New England Patriots (1997-99), Oakland Raiders (2000-03) and San Francisco 49ers (2004).
His NFL career was highlighted by his tenures with the Patriots and Raiders.
His most successful run came during the first three of his four seasons in Oakland when the club won three consecutive AFC West titles and reached the Super Bowl following the 2002 season. Lynn worked under head coach Jon Gruden for his first two seasons in the East Bay before Bill Callahan came on for his two campaigns with the club. Lynn also worked with current Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh when Harbaugh was the quarterbacks coach in Oakland during the 2002 and 2003 campaigns.
Working with head coach Pete Carroll in New England, Lynn helped coach the Patriots to an AFC title in their first year with the club in 1997 and the playoffs in each of their first two seasons.
He most recently was the secondary coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 2004.
Lynn got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Toledo in 1966 before returning to coach from 1967-73 at his alma mater Mount Union College, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in chemistry from in 1966. He then moved on to college jobs at Kent State (1974-76), San Jose State (1977-78), Pacific (1979) and California (1980-82), taking over as the Golden Bears' defensive coordinator in his final two seasons after spending his first year as the team's secondary coach.
He took his first job in professional football as the defensive coordinator for the Oakland Invaders and worked for all three seasons (1983-85) of the team's existence in the three-year history of the United States Football League. In 1985, the Invaders reached the final championship game the league conducted.
'This is the right time for me to get back into coaching,' said Lynn, who has not coached for the past three seasons. 'I have missed all the aspects of coaching but especially working with the players, and I am looking forward to doing that again.'
'I have a chance to work with some great young guys and some great young coaches here at Stanford,' added Lynn. 'It's going to be really fun. Hopefully, I will be able to give back to the game of football and influence the game that I've been really fortunate to be involved with for such a long time. The players are unique and the opportunity to work with these players and coaches is special.'
One of the coaches Lynn will work with is Buh, who was responsible for coaching an aggressive group of linebackers at Stanford in 2007 that developed a reputation as a hard-hitting bunch. Buh has helped develop current Stanford players Clinton Snyder and Pat Maynor into two of the top linebackers in the Pac-10. Snyder put up some of the biggest numbers in the conference last year, co-leading the league in fumbles forced, while also ranking among the Pac-10 leaders in tackles for loss, fumbles recovered, sacks and tackles.
Buh will be in his second year at Stanford in 2008 with previous collegiate coaching stops at Nevada (1997-99), California (2000-01), San Diego State (2002-05) and Fresno State (2006).
'I am honored that coach Harbaugh has the confidence in me to help lead this group of talented defensive players,' said Buh. 'As a staff, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with a respected coach like Ron Lynn, and we can't wait to get back on the field and pick up where we left off in 2007.'