Former Basketball Coaches Honored with Gym Dedication

Former Basketball Coaches Honored with Gym Dedication photo

On Jan. 30, West Babylon Senior High School dedicated one of its gymnasiums to Jim Lynch and the late Frank Taplin – two longtime basketball coaches and faculty members – who had a lasting impact on the school district and its basketball program.

In addition to their many years of coaching the boys basketball team, Lynch was a teacher in the district and also served as an assistant principal at the Senior High School, while Taplin served as a guidance counselor. 

“To the administration and faculty of West Babylon, thank you for your friendship and support over 40 years,” Lynch said. “You all made West Babylon a wonderful place to work.”

The West Babylon Board of Education voted to dedicate the gymnasium to the two individuals and presented Lynch and Taplin’s family with plaques. Lynch spent 48 years teaching in West Babylon, and both Lynch and Taplin spent 26 years coaching the basketball team. During that time, the team went to the playoffs 19 times, was named league champs four times, and received numerous other honors in their section and state.