Kevin Lynn is coming home to North Augusta High School.
The former Yellow Jackets baseball star is now their new head coach, the school announced Wednesday.
Lynn, who graduated from North Augusta in 1997, won't be far from his old job. He comes to the Yellow Jackets from Fox Creek, where in 2017 he led the Predators to the Class AA state championship.
Lynn takes over a North Augusta program that struggled last year in perhaps the state's toughest region. Midland Valley is the defending Lower State champion, Airport was runner-up and South Aiken also made it to the Lower State Tournament after spending most of the year near the top of the state rankings.
He's plenty familiar with the makeup of Region 5-AAAA, having served as an assistant at North Augusta for four seasons before becoming Aiken High's head coach in 2014. He took the Hornets to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, ending their postseason drought, before making the move over to Fox Creek and earning Region and State Coach of the Year honors.
Now he returns to North Augusta, where he was Region Player of the Year and an All-State selection in 1996 before leading the Yellow Jackets to the Class AAAA state championship the following season. That year, he went 12-2 on the mound with a 1.61 ERA, and he won just about every award available to him – he was named Class AAAA State Player of the Year, Region Player of the Year, Aiken Standard Player of the Year, Team MVP and All-State.
After he graduated from North Augusta, Lynn was a Freshman All-American at Spartanburg Methodist and set the record for most wins by a pitcher before completing his college career at Clemson, where he helped the Tigers reach the College World Series.
Following his collegiate career, Lynn pitched on the independent circuit from 2001-04 before signing with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2005. In 2006, he led all Rays' minor league pitchers with a 76:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 44 appearances – 43 with the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays and one with the Durham Bulls. His pro career continued through the 2008 season.