Gay college basketball coach featured on ‘Tamron Hall’ show Monday


Matt Lynch, a men’s college basketball coach who came out publicly as gay in April, will be a guest on the “Tamron Hall” show, airing Monday. Check your local listings for time and station.

Lynch said he was interviewed by Hall for about 15 minutes and also recorded a video diary for the show, which he described as powerful.

Lynch, 29, came out as gay in an April essay where he said he did not want to “die with the lie.” He was an assistant coach at Division I UNC-Wilmington until being dismissed along with the entire staff in Match.

“I am probably a little crazy to decide to make this so public with everything else that is going on (like being unemployed, or a worldwide pandemic or a hiring freeze throughout the coaching profession),” Lynch wrote.

“But I wanted to try and find a way use a negative time for something positive. I don’t know if I will be able to get another college basketball job as an openly gay coach, but I refuse to take any job where I am not my authentic self. I refuse to die with the lie.”

Since coming out, Lynch has received nothing but positive feedback from inside and outside of basketball and has done several media interviews, was a guest at the prestigious Commonwealth Club and on Tuesday will address employees at the Wasserman agency, which has a large sports talent component, as part of its Pride month (I will also be a guest).

Lynch will not be the only focus on the Monday “Tamron Hall” show:

Celebrating Pride Month with award-winning actress, comedian, and longtime LGBTQ+ advocate Rosie O’Donnell; NBA star Reggie Bullock who lost his transgender sister Mia Henderson to a hate crime; Division 1 Men’s Basketball Coach Matt Lynch who made the decision to come out as gay during the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic; and two young activists who are coordinating the first-ever Virtual Pride. Plus, Broadway’s six-time Tony-nominated actor Danny Burstein of “Moulin Rouge!” who survived coronavirus and Tony-nominee actor Rob McClure from the musical adaptation of “Mrs. Doubtfire.” And, Tamron is joined by the show’s first-ever virtual audience.

Matt Lynch can be reached on Instagram and Twitter or by email ([email protected])


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