Saturday, January 13, 2007

In Memoriam: Bob Flynn 1957-2007

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel College men’s basketball coach Bob Flynn, 49, died Friday, Jan. 12 at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore. Flynn suffered a massive heart attack Friday night at his Catonsville home.

College President Joan Develin Coley expressed the sympathy of the campus community, “Our campus community is shocked by the news of Bob’s death. Since joining the McDaniel family, Bob has excelled as a coach, as a mentor to students and as a colleague. We will do all we can to care for his team, his wife, and his family to honor all that Coach Flynn gave us here at the College.”

Athletics Directors Jamie Smith and Dr. Carol Fritz echoed Coley’s sentiments.

“The entire athletics department is deeply saddened by the loss of Coach Flynn,” Smith said. “His dedication and love for the game were contagious, yet he always remembered that these young men were students first. The lessons they learned from their coach will help them through this difficult time.”

“If there was one word that defined Coach Flynn, it was respect,” Fritz added. “He respected his players and all of the members of the athletics staff. He was a great person to be around. With that respect, he gained the respect of his fellow coaches and administration.”

Flynn had guided the Green Terror to a 7-6 start in 2006-07, including a 4-3 mark in Centennial Conference play, after taking over the program last season. The start was the best in the team’s history since 1986-87.

Saturday’s men’s basketball game, scheduled at home against Ursinus, has been postponed. A re-scheduled date and time has yet to be announced. The squad is next slated to be in action on Wednesday at home against Washington (Md.). A decision on that game will be made early next week.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Flynn is survived by his wife, Tina, his daughter, Caitlin, and twin sons, Michael and Ryan.

Longtime assistant coach Kevin Selby will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

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