Providence, RI- Katie Flynn, an 18-year head coaching veteran at the Division I level and native of East Greenwich, RI, has been named the head softball coach at Brown University in an announcement made by Bears' Director of Athletics Jack Hayes.
"Katie Flynn brings a wealth of experience to the Brown University head softball coach position, having served as a head coach at three Division I institutions," said Hayes. "After speaking with many coaches about our search, it was clear to me that Katie was the right choice. She possess outstanding credentials and maintains a clear understanding of the role of the student-athlete."
"I would like to thank Director of Athletics Jack Hayes and the search committee for the opportunity to work at one of the nation's elite academic institutions," said Flynn. "I am excited to connect with the Brown student-athletes, fans and alumni and to be a member of the Bears athletics family."
Flynn was James Madison's first ever head coach and averaged 28 wins per season over the last 11 years, compiling a 313-278 record. In the team's inaugural season (2002), she compiled a 25-24 record and earned a berth in the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship.
Flynn's teams reached the CAA Championship eight times in the program's 11-year history, including two appearances in the championship game and the program's first ever CAA Championship and NCAA Tournament berth in 2009.
The Dukes ranked among the top ten in the Northeast Region every season (2002-2012), as Flynn was honored as the CAA Coach of the Year in both 2004 and 2007. She coached three CAA 'Player of the Year' honorees, two CAA 'Rookies of the Year', and two CAA Silver Anniversary award winners. Combined, she had 42 All-Conference selections, 13 regional All-Americans, 15 CAA All-Tournament honorees and 13 All-Rookie selections.
Prior to James Madison, Flynn was the head coach at her alma mater, Colgate, from 1994-1997 and at North Carolina Greensboro from 1998-2000. She led Colgate to a 22-18 record and a second-place finish in the Patriot League Tournament in 1997 and UNC Greensboro to a second-place finish in the Southern Conference in 1998. She had a 60-87 record at Colgate and a 100-87 mark at UNC Greensboro. UNCG went 37-29 during the 2000 season, the most wins in school history.
Before joining the Colgate staff, Flynn was an assistant coach for two seasons at Ohio State, where she coached first base and worked with the team's outfielders. She also has worked as an assistant coach and as an intern in the sports information office at Stetson.
Flynn earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Colgate in 1990, and a Master of Arts degree in sports management and athletic administration from the Ohio State University in 1993. She lettered four times as a catcher and helped Colgate to an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament berth in 1987 and to a team-record 24 victories in 1990. Flynn also competed on the Red Raiders swim team (1986-87) and women's ice hockey team (1987-90).