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Nebraska-Kearney has hired former Eastern New Mexico coach Josh Lynn as its head football coach, the school announced Wednesday.

Lynn will be formally introduced during a 10 a.m. news conference Friday at the UNK Health & Sports Center.

Lynn replaces Josh Lamberson, who led the Lopers the past two seasons before accepting a position at FCS school Abilene Christian. Lynn becomes just the fifth Loper head football coach since 1955.

"What I am excited about is the passion of the current athletic administration to continue to build a program for this university and community," Lynn said. "I am committed to ensuring our student-athletes are successful on the field, in the classroom and in the community."

Lynn, 38, recently completed his fifth season guiding a turnaround at NCAA Division II Eastern New Mexico. He won 27 games during that stretch and led the Greyhounds to a share of the 2013 Lone Star Conference title. It was the program's first league title since 1991.

His 2016 team led the conference in total offense (473.4 yards per game) and rushing offense (344.6), and was second in rushing defense (105.3). The Greyhounds also have set numerous school records over the past four seasons.

"Josh is a proven winner at the NCAA Division II level," UNK athletic director Paul Plinske said. "Not only is he an excellent coach, but he is resourceful and understands how to make the most of any situation. Above all, he is a players’ coach and will sustain our strong Loper family culture."

Lynn takes over a Loper program that has won a combined 10 games in five seasons.

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