|Title:||Head Coach, Cross Country|
|Awards:||2009 NECC Men's XC Coach of the Year, 2010 Men's XC Coach of the Year, 2010 Women's XC Coach of the Year|
Dan Flynn was introduced as Lesley’s head cross country coach on July 20, 2005.
In 2011, coach Dan Flynn had his most successful season of his career, as both the men’s and women’s cross country team won New England Collegiate Conference Championships. It was the fourth consecutive championship for the women and the third straight for the men. The Lynx women’s team earned national recognition by being the only cross country team in the nation to earn a perfect score of 15 in its conference championship for the second year in row.
The NECC honored Lesley’s dominance by naming Flynn the 2010 NECC Coach of the Year for both the men’s and women’s programs. In 2009, he made history by leading the men’s cross country team to a NECC Championship, the first men’s team to earn this honor at Lesley University.
In just three years, Flynn has coached six NECC Runners of the Year, three NECC Rookies of the Year, and 42 NECC All-Conference runners. He also works as the Director of Community Service at Lesley, where he has increased the number of hours students volunteer from 500 to 6,849 hours per year in his seven years.
Flynn's coaching career began in 2001, when he founded a middle school girl's track team in Camden, New Jersey during a year of service with AmeriCorps. He went on to coach track and field at his alma mater, Thayer Academy, in Braintree, MA, which went on to win its fifth Independent School League championship. Throughout his time at Thayer, Flynn coached many individual ISL and NEPSTA champions in the 1,500, 3,000 and 800-meter.
As a high schooler at Thayer, he broke the school record in the 800m and was on the ISL and New England champion 4x400-meter relay in 1996. Flynn was recruited to run at Merrimack College, where he ran four years of cross country and track. He was named captain in his junior year. He went on to receive his master's degree from Boston College in higher education administration with a concentration in college student development.
Flynn completed the Boston Marathon in 2006 and 2011. He is the director of Stowe Running Camp. In his free time, Flynn is the founder of The Flynn Running Company where he trains elite runners qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Coach Flynn is certified as a Level 2 Coach (Endurance) by USA Track and Field and certified by the Road Runners Club of America.
In his free time, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Sara and his son, Luke.