Alumni of the Year

Harold T. “Tim” Mathews, MAJ, USA (Ret.) - Class of 1987

Harold T. “Tim” Mathews, MAJ, USA (Ret.) is a sterling example of a faithful, caring and dedicated Bishop Lynch alumni. Tim graduated from Bishop Lynch in 1987. He enlisted in the U.S. Army (April 1986) to attend basic training at Ft. Sill, OK during the summer before his senior year when he was 17 years old! He retired as a Major after 32 years of honorable service in the U.S. Army/Army Reserves.

His job assignments were: Cannon Crewman, Drill Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Battery Executive Officer and Commander, Battalion Staff, and Battalion Executive Officer for numerous Basic Combat Training missions preparing soldiers’ deployments in assorted operations. His last task force assignment was an Exercise Project Officer to the 120th Infantry Brigade, 1st Army (Ft. Hood, TX) in support of the Global War on Terrorism with responsibilities for the exercise training coordination and support directives of Theater, Division and Brigade Combatant CDR and HQDA FORSCOM supporting Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO).
While serving in the Army Reserves, he twice earned NJCAA Academic All-American honors and was a two-year letterman for Labette College (KS). In 1993, he obtained a bachelor of science in kinesiology at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Tim pursued a career in the fire department in 1998. He served faithfully as a firefighter/paramedic for Dallas, Coppell and the City of Sachse until his 20th year of fire service in October 2018. He met his wife Rebecca, a sectional chief for Dallas Fire/Rescue, while both were attending the Dallas Fire Academy.
As the head wrestling coach at Bishop Lynch High School (1993-2010), his teams earned National Prep Runner Ups (5x), TAPPS State Champions (16x), 30+ All Americans, 100+ state individual champions, 350+ dual wins. He formed a youth wrestling club that served 60+ youths every year in East Dallas with yearly summer camps. He provided wrestling instructions to a local Judo club. Additionally, Tim was inducted into the BLHS Sports Honor Roll (Wrestling) in 2007.
Tim values being a strong professional, mentor, volunteer, parishioner, and, above all, a loving husband and father. Currently, he works as a National Registry Licensed Paramedic at Medical City ER in Dallas. As a Distinguished Eagle Scout, he volunteers for the Boys Scouts of America as an assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 746 at St. Pius X Church and a Circle Ten Council Merit Badge Counselor. He is certified with the Dallas Office of Emergency Management as a CERT volunteer to serve any emergency or disaster relief to its citizens. He volunteers with various BLHS committees, support of the Veritas Campaign, the Chess Club and works as assistant bowling coach.
His family attends St. Pius X Catholic Church and he has been married for 18 years to his wife Rebecca. They have three children, Joseph (16) (BLHS Class of 2021), Cristina (14) and John (11) who attend St. Pius X School.
Faithful to Catholic Tradition and to our Dominican heritage of scholarship and service, Bishop Lynch High School promotes the development of the total person by bringing together a diverse community in a rigorous, college preparatory environment where students are taught to strive for excellence, seek truth, and work for justice in the world. - Founded in 1963