In 1973, Lou is given his first head coaching job in Covington Kentucky. Holmes High School was 0-19 the two previous seasons when he took the job. In his first season they had the first winning season in 5 years and Lou was chosen Northern Kentucky Coach of the Year. In his four years they won two league championships and he was coach of the year in the conference twice and elected president of the Northern KY Football Coaches Association. He was chosen coach of the year twice in his conference for winning two league championships and elected president of the Coaches Association.
In 1977, Lou was named head coach of the Forest Park High School later re-named Winton Woods High School. From 1977 until 1998, Lou would coach 3 different sports: wrestling for 6 years, track & field for 10 years and football for 22 years. During his 22 years, he would have, 2 state individual runner ups in wrestling and he would produce 14 individual Ohio State Champions in track.
In football, 152 of his players would go on to play in college with 102 of them earning four-year scholarships to division 1 and 1AA schools.
In the 6 years of wrestling, he was chosen the conference coach of the year for winning two conference championships.
In the 10 years of coaching track, he was awarded the conference coach of the year 4 times for 4 league titles. Cincinnati Area Coach of the year 4 times winning the Greater Cincinnati Area Championship, 4-time Southwest of Ohio District Coach of the year for winning 4 district Championships, 3-time Southwest Ohio Regional Coach of the year for winning 3 regional Championships. The Ohio High School coach of the year twine for winning two back-to-back Ohio State Championships. The National High School track coach of the year from the NFICA for winning back-to-back state titles, first time in 38 years for a Cincinnati school. He is in the Southwest Ohio Track Hall of Fame.
In the 22 years of coaching football in Ohio, Lou would be chosen the Hamilton County League Coach of the Year 9 times for winning 9 league championships, 4-time greater Cincinnati Coach of the year for winning 4 City Championships, 3-time Southwest Ohio Coach of the year, the Ohio High School Football Coach of the Year for taking his Chargers to the only undefeated season in the schools 50 year history. They would be league champions, city champions, district champions, regional champions, and State champions. He would receive the National High School Coaching Award for Scholastic Coach Magazine that same year. He would also serve as president of the Southwest Ohio Football Coaches. He received the Man of the Year Award by the Southwest Ohio Coaches and Ohio Coaches Association
When Lou retired in 1998 the city of Forest Park Named September 3, 1999, Lou Cynkar Day. Lou is a member of the Forest Park Hall of Fame, the southwest Ohio Track Coaches Hall of Fame, the Winton Woods High School Hall of Fame, the Ohio High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, and is presently nominated for the Ohio High School Track Coaches Hall of Fame.
Lou’s football record at Forest Park Winton Woods was 158 wins and 63 losses and 4 ties. This is the exact same winning percentage as Coach Bruno had at Beaver Falls High School.