During his 18 years as the head wrestling coach at Edinboro, Tim Flynn got used to hoisting hardware. He did it again on Saturday night. Flynn was named the Edinboro Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career at Edinboro University’s Athletic Department’s 34th annual Hall of Fame banquet in McComb Fieldhouse on Saturday night. The former Penn State Nittany Lion appreciates the accolade, but admits the best trophy came at the national championships.
“I think the award we got in March as a team probably meant more to me than any award, but it is always nice to be recognized by yours peers,” Flynn said. Of course that trophy was the third-place team trophy Edinboro won at the 2015 Division I National Championships at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, the best team finish in school history. It ended extremely well, but it didn’t always seem like it would go that route. That was the main reason Flynn received the trophy on Saturday night as Flynn finished up another impressive season piloting Boro wrestling. He was also named the EWL and PSAC Coach of the Year for this season.
“Every year is different in the way it plays out,” Flynn said. “In the beginning, we had an injury to Austin Matthews and then his backup, who we thought was a tremendous wrestler, Kasey [Burnett] Davis, got hurt. We thought, ‘Wow, things aren’t going our way.’ The kids kept grinding at it and it worked out in the end.” Flynn also coached some of the best individual seasons Boro wrestlers have ever had. Edinboro finished with four All-Americans for just the second time ever. Also, Dave Habat and Mitchell Port qualified for the finals, making it just the second time two Fighting Scots reached the end of the road as a Division I program. Boro’s ‘Murderer’s Row’ was filled with those individuals such as Kory Mines, A.J. Schopp, Port and Habat.
“I think it is unique to be able to start off every match knowing, ‘wow, we got a couple of wins right away,’” Flynn said. “Obviously, Kory Mines had a tremendous year. To have three All Americans in the very beginning of the lineup in every dual meet, it’s comforting and we aren’t going to have that next year.” Additionally, Boro finished undefeated in EWL action, won its second-straight EWL crown and also won its fourth-straight PSAC championship. Additionally, Boro had nine individual PSAC champions, setting a new PSAC record. The Scots finished the season 14-5 overall, including notable wins over Michigan, Lehigh and Rider. All five of Boro’s losses came to nationally-ranked schools, including national champion Ohio State.
This year will be talked about by many, but according to Flynn, it was all possible thanks to a select few. “We had a number of special kids all in the same class,” he said. “Add in Kory Mines and Kasey Davis into the other three A.J. [Schopp], Mitchell [Port] and David [Habat]. It is something that I hope will propel our program to the next level. When you get kids like that, that work that hard, and achieve that much, it really, really helps.”
Tyler Trumbauer is the sports editor at The Spectator. Follow him on Twitter through @tylertrumbauer.