Clarence graduated from Connors State College in 1951. He was Connors first All-American in Basketball. He went on to graduate from East Texas State University, where he earned All-American Honors in 1955, leading the Lions to the NAIA National Championship. Lynch was inducted into Texas A&M Commerce Athletic Hall of Fame in September, 1995.
Clarence, a personable “Ambassador of Warner and Connors College,” spent most of his career at Connors. Clarence returned to Connors in 1961 as assistant football and men’s basketball coach. He compiled a 206-87 record in his 10 years as head basketball coach.
He also coached baseball and founded the school’s softball and tennis programs. His men’s tennis teams won four regional titles and the women’s team won three titles. His softball teams won four regional championships. Administratively, Lynch served as Head of the Physical Education Department and as Athletic Director. Clarence retired in 1992 with 31 years of service to Connors.
Clarence’s community and college activities include member of the Warner Water District 11 Board, ORWA. National Jr. College Athletic Assn., Oklahoma High School Officials Assn., and member and deacon Warner First Baptist Church.
Clarence lives on a ranch near Warner and Connors campus with his wife, Jean. They have two sons, Kevin and Steve, daughter in law, Kandy, and two grandchildren, Austin Kruz and Karlee Shea.