The Danville Independent School District is excited to announce two new head coaches. CJ Lynn is the new head baseball coach for the Admirals, and Joedy Burke is the new head coach for the wrestling program. The coaches, both Danville High School graduates, shared their backgrounds and what they are hoping to accomplish during their upcoming seasons.
“It is an honor to be selected as the next head baseball coach at Danville High School,” Lynn said. “Danville baseball is a program that, for the last 20-plus years, has been very successful, winning four 12th region titles, three 12th region runner-ups, 13 45th district titles, four 45th district runner-ups, 13 All ‘A’ Regional Championships, three-time All ‘A’ State runner-ups, and one final four appearance. The tradition, as you can see, is very strong.”
He graduated from DHS in 2006, where he was a four-year starter as a catcher on the baseball team, and gave lessons to younger players. He also served as assistant coach for the baseball team under Head Coach Paul Morse for five seasons.
Lynn attended Alice Lloyd College, where he was a four-year starter and a two-time all-conference selection. He was placed on the college’s Hall of Fame in 2022.
He first became assistant coach under Coach Morse following graduation, then served as head coach in Garrard County, where the team won the district title and was regional runner-up in 2015. He was 12th Region Coach of the Year that same year.
He then returned to DHS as assistant baseball coach under Coach Morse from 2019 to 2022.
“During this time period, we were back-to-back regional champions and made an appearance in the final four for the first time ever in school history,” he said.
“I am looking forward to helping our players develop into the best student-athletes and young men they can be,” he said about what he wants to accomplish as head coach. “I want us to be successful in the classroom and on the field. I want us to continue to build up on the tradition that is Danville Admirals Baseball. We have a saying that, ‘tradition never graduates.’ This is what we will continue to build upon. I want us to remember to ‘stay the course’ when we see adversity and know that we will come out stronger in the end. Go Ads!”
New Head Wrestling Coach Joedy Burke has many ties to Danville. He is a Danville High School graduate, and his family has owned Burke’s Bakery since the 1920s, back when it was a bread factory. He’s also Danville’s most recent wrestling state champion.
Burke has been an assistant wrestling coach for Danville, an assistant coach for John W. Bate Middle School football, an assistant coach for Perryville little league football, and both an assistant and head coach for Boyle County wrestling.
During his time as a high school student wrestler, he has been Danville’s third most-decorated wrestler, a state runner-up, state champion, and a three-time state qualifier. He also played on the Admiral football team and was a two-time state champion. He is part of the Danville High School Hall of Fame.
When he was a head wrestling coach, he sent one student-athlete to the state finals. There were also several students who were placers.
“I’m excited to come back home to Danville,” he said. “It’s where I graduated from, so I’m excited to help the kids rebuild their program. That’s the main reason I’m coming back, is to help the kids that want to wrestle for Danville.”
He hopes to increase interest in the Danville wrestling program by establishing consistency in coaching and practicing proven techniques that students will have success with on the mat.
“My biggest goal for this wrestling season is to increase the number of wrestlers participating and give them the technique that they need to succeed, and to generate more interest in the middle school program.”
- Danville Independent Schools