He led the men’s basketball team to a 134-70 record during his decade as head coach, with a state tournament championship in 1972 and a conference championship in 1976.
In 1971, the campus created the Lynn Darbyshire Warrior Award for student athletes who best exemplify the attitude and character expected in the MUM athletic program and the W. Lynn Darbyshire Leadership Award in 1995 for a student of third year status who demonstrates outstanding leadership outside the classroom.
Under his direction, the ORCC expanded to offer competition in eight sports for men and women. He initiated the ORCC All-Sports Award in 1981 primarily to encourage other schools to support women’s athletics on their campuses.
One of his former players, Jim Sliger, later was hired as the university’s first women’s basketball coach. In his second season, MUM hosted the regional campus state tournament. The tournament draw was held in Darbyshire’s office and the only two people there were Darbyshire and Sliger.
MUM, which was under .500, drew the No. 1 seed in the first round, a fact that Darbyshire and Sliger could have changed.
But that wouldn’t have been the Darbyshire Way.
Sliger said Darbyshire was all about integrity and living your life the right way, all the time.
After graduating from Miami, Darbyshire was offered a position at MUM to establish the school’s intramural and recreation program. And he never left.
“Some people always think about the greener pastures, but not me,” Darbyshire said. “Money never was important to me and it’s still not. I love our kids, real people. They earned a way to school and I liked the community. There was no need to pull up.”
Darbyshire said those in the teaching profession sometimes aren’t rewarded until they retire. That’s when they see the fruits of their hard work, he said.
“That’s when your former students tell you that you did a heck of a lot more than you ever thought,” he said. “It’s pretty incredible, really.”
Lynn and his wife, Stefanie, have two children, Gregg and Jaime, and nine grandchildren, eight boys. Darbyshire hopes he dies watching, or coaching one of his grandchildren.
Maybe that will be at Lynn Darbyshire Court.
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