Katie Flynn, a 26-year coaching veteran at the Division I level, enters her seventh season at the helm of the Brown University softball program in 2018-19. A native of East Greenwich, R.I., and a 2014 graduate of the prestigious NCAA Women Coaches Academy, Flynn took over the reins of the program in August of 2012.
In 2018, Flynn coached a pair of All-Ivy performers, including First Team All-Ivy and Third Team NFCA All-Northeast Region honoree Meghan Wimmer ’19. Flynn led the Bears to their first series win over Harvard since 2004.
During the 2017 campaign, Brown played its first season in its new stadium, and the Bears set a single-season program record with 32 home runs. The Bears collected four All-Ivy honorees for the third straight season as Annie McGregor ’18, Christina Andrews ’17, Julia Schoenewald ’17, and Meghan Wimmer ’19 gained all-conference accolades.
Flynn coached a quartet of All-Ivy honorees in 2016 as Yeram Park ’18, Andrews, Sarah Syrop ’17, and Janet Leung ’16 all earned the accolades. The Bears swept a doubleheader from Cornell for the first time since the year 2000, earned a 5-1 win in extra innings over Penn, and claimed a 9-1 victory over league champion Princeton on their way to a 5-3 mark against the Ivy League’s South Division.
In 2015, Flynn guided four All-Ivy performers in Leung, Syrop, Katie Orona ’18, and Leah Nakashima ’17. In Ivy play, the Bears picked up their first two-game sweep of Penn since 2011, earned a 9-0 win in five innings at league champion Dartmouth, and took a 4-2 victory over Harvard in the two teams’ final contest of a four-game set. Flynn also garnered her 500th career victory as a head coach during the season.
Flynn's first season in 2013 saw three Bears earn All-Ivy honors, including Stephanie Thompson ’13, a tremendous hitter and Senior CLASS Award nominee who finished her career ranked first in Brown softball history in career batting average (.436), hits (191) and doubles (42) while ranking second in home runs (28).
In 2014, Flynn coached a pair of All-Ivy selections in Andrews and Leung, who both landed on the league's Second Team. Andrews batted .288 with a team-best three home runs, while Leung hit .318 in Ancient Eight play and led the team with 11 RBIs. The highlight of the season came on April 20 when Nakashima hurled the Bears to a 3-1 victory over Dartmouth, the eventual Ivy League champion and NCAA Tournament participant.
Flynn was James Madison's first-ever head coach and averaged 28 wins per season over 11 years, compiling a 313-278 record. In the team's inaugural season in 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 from 2002-12 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 1994-97 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 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 Raiders’ swim team (1986-87) and women's ice hockey team (1987-90).
The Flynn File
All-Ivy (12): Trista Chavez (2013), Janet Leung (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), Stephanie Thompson (2013), Christina Andrews (2014, 2016, 2017), Sarah Syrop (2015, 2016), Leah Nakashima (2015), Katie Orona (2015), Yeram Park (2016), Annie McGregor (2017), Julia Schoenewald (2017), Meghan Wimmer (2017, 2018), Raquel Blanchard (2018)
|Flynn's Head Coaching Record|