June 27, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Lynn Flanagan has been promoted to Associate Head Coach of Loyola Marymount University's women's basketball, Head Coach Julie Wilhoit announced Wednesday. Flanagan, an alumna of the program, has served as an assistant coach for 16 seasons.
The promotion comes during a busy summer of changes among the coaching staff. Wilhoit, now in her 13th season at the helm of the Lions' program, recently announced the hiring of assistant coaches Brian Rosario and Michelle Zylstra.
"Coach Flanagan has done an outstanding job coordinating our recruiting efforts over the years," Wilhoit said. "She has taken us from the bottom of the West Coast Conference standings and put us in a position where we can compete for the championship every year."
An LMU Hall of Famer in her own right, Flanagan will continue her work with the Lions, who are in search of their second West Coast Conference Championship in five seasons.
"Coach Flanagan was my first hire as the head coach here at LMU," Wilhoit said. "I told her then, `You own 10 school records. You're going to help us recruit players who will break your records.'"
And while Flanagan's recruiting and coaching talents have led her players to do exactly that, she still holds onto the LMU records for career (337) and single-season (144) free throws after starring for the Lions from 1988-91.
Flanagan was the first women's basketball player inducted into the LMU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000. An All-West Coast Conference honoree, she received her undergraduate degree in liberal studies with an emphasis in education in December 1991.
"Coach Flanagan has been with me all the way," Wilhoit said, "and she is not only a colleague, but one of my best friends. LMU fosters that type of situation; one that encourages personal growth, development, and lasting friendships."
Flanagan and the Lions are scheduled to open the 2007-08 campaign at Boise State on Nov. 9.