Danville fills baseball, wrestling coaching voids

Published 4:47 pm Friday, August 25, 2023


The Danville Independent School District recently named two new head coaches.

CJ Lynn is the new head baseball coach for the Admirals, and Joedy Burke has been named 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.

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“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.”

Lynn graduated from DHS in 2006, where he was a four-year starter as catcher. He also served as assistant coach for the baseball team under former 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 inducted into the Alice Lloyd Hall of Fame in 2022.

He first became assistant coach under Morse following graduation, then served as head coach in Garrard County, where he won the district title and was regional runner-up in 2015. He was 12th Region Coach of the Year that same year.

Lynn then returned to DHS as assistant baseball coach under 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.

Burke has many ties to Danville. His family has owned Burke’s Bakery since the 1920s. He also is 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 and an assistant coach for Perryville little league football. He also was an assistant and head wrestling coach at Boyle County.

At Danville, he was a three-time state qualifier, including a state championship and a runner-up finish. He also played on two state championship football teams.

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.

“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.”