Mountaineers Name New Wrestling Coach

Mountaineers Name New Wrestling Coach


West Virginia University director of athletics and associate vice president Shane Lyons has named Tim Flynn as the school’s ninth wrestling coach.

Flynn comes to West Virginia from Edinboro, where he spent the past 21 years building the Fighting Scots into a wrestling powerhouse. He compiled a 223-95-5 career record at Edinboro to become the school’s all-time winningest coach and a member of its Hall of Fame.

Wrestling coach Tim Flynn

His accomplishments at Edinboro totaled 150 national qualifiers, 38 All-Americans, 64 EWL champions and 97 PSAC champions. He led the Fighting Scots to five top-10 finishes at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, 14 top-20 finishes and 18 top-25 finishes.

Flynn engineered in recent years two of the best seasons in Edinboro wrestling history. His 2013-14 squad recorded a fifth-place finish at the national tournament with three All-Americans. The Fighting Scots ended the year with an 11-3 record, winning 10 of their last 11 duals including a 17-16 win over No. 6 Pitt. He received NWCA NCAA Division I Coach of the Year honors, shared InterMat Coach of the Year honors with Minnesota’s J Robinson and also was selected as WIN’s Dan Gable Coach of the Year. He followed in 2014-15 with four All-Americans and a third-place national finish – the school’s highest ever.

He was the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Coach of the Year seven times and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Coach of the Year 13 times. Flynn also coached three national champions (John Koscheck at 174 in 2001, Gregor Gillespie at 149 in 2007 and Jarrod King at 165 in 2009) and eight NCAA runners-up.

Under the former Penn State All-American, Edinboro dominated eastern wrestling circles, winning the EWL Championship in 15 of the last 21 years, including eight straight years at one point, along with the PSAC tournament title 17 times in his 21 campaigns. At one point, Edinboro won 34 of 35 EWL dual matches, which included a 29-match winning streak.

“Tim brings to West Virginia a wealth of head coaching experience, success and veteran leadership,” Lyons said. “He is a proven winner and one of the most respected coaches in the sport. His years of success and consistency speak volumes, and I know he will be a great fit for our department and wrestling program.”

Before taking over the head coaching duties, Flynn was an assistant at Edinboro under legendary coach and Olympian Bruce Baumgartner from 1992-97. Flynn assisted Baumgartner to a 56-21 record, including a 14-0 dual match mark and a sixth-place finish at Nationals in 1996.

“I’m excited, this is a blessing for me,” Flynn said. “It came at a great time. West Virginia is a sleeping giant located in a great spot for wrestling as well as a great conference. I’m excited and ready to get started.”

Following three standout seasons at Vista High in Vista, California, Flynn moved east to finish his prep career at Annapolis Senior High in Annapolis, Maryland. He went on to enjoy a stellar career at Penn State, captaining the 1986-87 squad while earning All-American honors at 134 pounds. He went 30-10-1 as a senior, winning the EWL title and finishing seventh at Nationals. The Nittany Lions enjoyed one of their greatest seasons ever with an 18-1-1 record and a third-place finish at the NCAA Tournament.

Flynn finished with a 105-32-2 collegiate wrestling record, still ranking among the all-time career leaders in victories for Penn State. He also won the EWL title as a junior in 1986 while competing at 126 pounds, finishing with a 30-7-1 mark. He qualified for Nationals as a sophomore as well after finishing second at the EWL Championships. He was a four-time Midlands Championships place winner, a two-time Mat-Town USA champion and was an Espoir National freestyle runner-up in 1984.

Flynn, who is currently a member of the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NWCA) Leadership Group, graduated from Penn State in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in business management. He later earned his master’s degree in business administration from Penn State with a concentration in finance in 1990.  He and his wife, Tanya, have two children – Logan and Riley.

TIM FLYNN’S YEAR-BY-YEAR COACHING RECORD

Year

Record

PSAC

EWL

NCAA

Qualifiers

AA’s

Highlights

1997-98

7-7-0

1st

1st

15th

9

1

PSAC Coach of the Year

1998-99

11-3-1

1st

1st

18th

8

2

EWL Coach of the Year
PSAC Coach of the Year

1999-00

14-1-0

1st

1st

15th

8

3

PSAC Coach of the Year

2000-01

11-3-1

2nd

1st

12th

9

2

EWL Coach of the Year

2001-02

10-4-0

1st

2nd

14th

7

2

2002-03

10-5-0

1st

1st

24th

8

1

EWL Coach of the Year
PSAC Coach of the Year

2003-04

10-3-0

1st

T1st

24th

6

2

PSAC Coach of the Year

2004-05

9-5-1

2nd

1st

28th

6

1

2005-06

12-0-0

1st

1st

8th

9

3

EWL Coach of the Year

2006-07

17-1-0

1st

1st

9th

8

3

PSAC Coach of the Year

2007-08

11-3-0

1st

1st

T-21st

10

1

PSAC Coach of the Year

2008-09

14-4-1

1st

1st

6th

8

3

EWL Coach of the Year
PSAC Coach of the Year

2009-10

9-6-0

1st

1st

16th

6

2

PSAC Coach of the Year

2010-11

9-10-1

3rd

5th

T-23rd

5

1

2011-12

9-4-0

1st

2nd

17th

6

1

PSAC Coach of the Year

2012-13

10-6-0

1st

2nd

14th

5

2

PSAC Coach of the Year

2013-14

11-3-0

1st

1st

5th

7

3

NWCA Division I Coach of the Year
EWL Coach of the Year
PSAC Coach of the Year
InterMat Co-Coach of the Year
Win’s Dan Gable Coach of the Year

2014-15

14-5-0

1st

1st

3rd

6

4

EWL Coach of the Year
PSAC Coach of the Year

2015-16

8-11-0

1st

2nd

T-32nd

6

0

2016-17

9-6-0

1st

1st

20th

8

1

PSAC Coach of the Year

2017-18

8-5-0

3rd

3rd

T-36th

5

0

13-time PSAC Coach of the Year
7-time EWL Coach of the Year
97 PSAC Champions
64 EWL Champions
150 National Qualifiers
38 All-Americans
3 National Champions

 ALL-AMERICANS UNDER TIM FLYNN

1998

Jason Robison

190

2nd

1999

John Koscheck

174

4th

Mark Samples

165

7th

2000

John Koscheck

174

2nd

Shaun Shapert

157

7th

Kevin Welsh

184

6th

2001

John Koscheck

174

1st

David Shunamon

197

6th

2002

Cory Ace

133

8th

John Koscheck

174

3rd

2003

Matt King

165

4th

2004

Matt King

165

3rd

Nate Yetzer

174

8th

2005

Shawn Bunch

133

2nd

2006

Shawn Bunch

133

3rd

Deonte Penn

165

4th

Gregor Gillespie

149

7th

2007

Gregor Gillespie

149

1st

Alex Clemsen

184

4th

Deonte Penn

165

7th

2008

Gregor Gillespie

157

5th

2009

Jarrod King

165

1st

Paul Donahoe

125

2nd

Gregor Gillespie

157

4th

2010

Jarrod King

165

3rd

Torsten Gillespie

149

6th

2011

Chris Honeycutt

184

5th

2012

Chris Honeycutt

197

2nd

2013

Mitchell Port

141

2nd

A.J. Schopp

133

4th

2014

Mitchell Port

141

3rd

A.J. Schopp

133

4th

Dave Habat

149

4th

2015

Mitchell Port

141

2nd

Dave Habat

149

2nd

A.J. Schopp

133

3rd

Vic Avery

184

3rd

2017

Sean Russell

125

7th

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    Greg Hunter
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    Mountaineers Name New Wrestling Coach West Virginia University director of athletics and associate vice president Shane Lyons has named Tim Flynn as t
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    Pedro82
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    Welcome Coach Flynn. Edinboro was always a good match to go see. Will definitely be able to get us to take the next step.

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    Kevin Kinder
    Kevin Kinder
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    This is good from a recruiting and area name recognition factor, too.

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    Butlereer
    Butlereer
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    Just like FB, Western PA used to be a great Wrestling hot bed. I don’t know if it still is. But Edinboro has had tremendous success under Flynn. Great coaches seem to be able to recruit no matter where they end up.

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    Kevin Kinder
    Kevin Kinder
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    It’s still the top area in the east. The midwest is the strongest now, but if WVU can get top talent out of PA it can be competitive in the Big 12 and nationally, as it was for a number of years under Turnbull.

    Having those ties for recruiting is really important, IMO. Agreed that having the talent to recruit is essential, but if you know the area and have coached in the area, that’s a big leg up.

    For example, JuJuan Seider in Florida. Could he recruit anywhere? Yes. But he’s most effective in Florida, where he has built those relationships, knows the programs, sees guys on the way up, etc. That takes time to build. Flynn has that base in PA.

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