skip navigation
Brian Flynn
Brian Flynn
Title: Director of Cross Country and Track & Field
Phone: 540-828-5777
Email: bflynn@bridgewater.edu

Brian Flynn was named the Director of Cross Country and Track & Field in the summer of 2015, following five seasons as head cross country coach and as an assistant track coach specializing in distance.

As director, Flynn oversees all of the cross country and track & field programs, permitting better coordination and planning for what for many student-athletes is a year-round activity.

Both squads took home ODAC championships in 2017-18, with the women winning indoor and the men winning outdoors on their home track. Amber Celen qualified for five combined events at the NCAA championships, earning indoor All-American honors in the 200m and long jump to graduate as a school record 11-time All-American. She was also named a first team Academic All-American, earned the NCAA Elite 90 Award, and was an NCAA Woman of the Year nominee. On the men's side, Davonta Womack earned All-American honors in the outdoor 100 meters and missed the final by a thousandth of a second in the indoor 60 meters. Flynn was named the ODAC Coach of the Year for the indoor women and outdoor men, giving him six total ODAC coaching awards in his three years in charge of the track & field programs.

2016-17 featured junior Amber Celen winning three national championships and six All-American honors- including national titles in the indoor 60m and 200m and outdoor 100m. She was named the USTFCCCA National Indoor Athlete of the Year and NCAA Indoor Championships Athlete of the Meet, and the USTFCCA National Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Celen’s time in the indoor 200m (24.15) was a new NCAA D-III All-Time Record and new ODAC record indoors.  She also earned All-American honors in the Long Jump, finishing 6th overall. Celen also set new ODAC standards in the 60m Dash, 60m Hurdles and Long Jump during the season. Her 60m Dash time of 7.54 is tied for #3 All-Time in DIII history. The women’s team, which won both the ODAC indoor and outdoor titles, finished 7th overall indoors- the program’s first top-10 finish ever at the Indoor National Championships. Celen and senior Katelyn Senger then led the women’s team to a program-high finish of 5th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.  Celen’s time of 11.63 in the 100m was a new ODAC all-time record and good for #7 All-Time in D-III history, while her 200m time of 23.87 was also a new ODAC all-time record and #10 All-Time in D-III history. 

The 2015-16 season was a big year for the Bridgewater College track and field teams as the men and women swept both swept the conference championships to claim four ODAC titles. Flynn was tabbed ODAC Women's Coach of the Year for the indoor season and Men's Coach of the Year during the outdoor season. At the ODAC Indoor Championships, Flynn's men's distance runners contributed 47 of the team's 166 total points and Nevin Heckman claimed the ODAC title in the 800 meter. During the ODAC Outdoor Championships, Sam Gunter won the 800m and two other distance runners earned All-ODAC for the men's team, while Maryellen Hauver garnered All-ODAC in the 800 meter and Makenzie McDonald netted All-ODAC in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Flynn also saw one of his athletes compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships as Sam Gunther qualified for the nationals in the 800 meter.

In 2014-15, the Bridgewater track & field teams earned three ODAC titles, with the men sweeping and the women prevailing indoors. Luke Sohl won the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the league meet outdoors, along with a 5,000 meters indoor title. The women went 1-2 with Elizabeth Stump and Makenzie McDonald in the ODAC indoor mile.

For the 2013-14 season, Flynn earn his third regional honor (including XC) as he was named South/Southeast region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for the second time. As always, distance runners continue to flourish under Flynn's leadership. He saw both the men's and women's teams finish second in the ODAC Outdoor Championships, with the distance runners scoring 68 of the 147 points. The women's team saw Kaylee Kubisiak earn the Women's Athlete of the Meet after double first place finishes in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meter events. On the men's side, Luke Sohl captured the ODAC title in the 10,000 meter run. The conference meet saw eight All-ODAC performers from the distance group. 

During the 2013 track season, the Bridgewater distance runners continued to excel. Luke Sohl was named the top performer at the ODAC Indoor championships after winning both the 1,600 and 3,000 meter events. Flynn's men's distance runners earned 55 out of the team's 124 points at the indoor meet. For the group's efforts, Flynn was named the South/Southeast region men's indoor track and field assistant coach of year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). For the women, Olivia Mills qualified for the outdoor national meet in the 5,000 meter run. At the conference championship meets, Flynn coached six individual event champions, plus the indoor championship winning distance medley relay squad.

The 2011-12 season was more of the same for Flynn's runners. Sohl was named the top performer at the ODAC Outdoor championships after winning both the 5,000 and 10,000 meter events. For the women, Mills qualified for the outdoor national meet in both the 1,500 and 5,000 meter events. Bridgewater distance runners broke five BC records during the 2012 indoor and outdoor seasons. At the conference meets, Flynn coach three event champions and a pair of runner-up finishers.

During the 2010-11 track season, Flynn coached three All-ODAC performers during indoor season and one during outdoors. One of his runners, Olivia Mills, was named female athlete of the meet duirng the indoor and outdoor seasons. Mills was also a NCAA provisional qualifier in the 1500 meters during the outdoor season.

Flynn is also the head coach of Bridgewater's cross country program.

The Eagles swept the ODAC cross country championships in 2014 for a second straight year. The men qualified for NCAA championships, while Kaylee Kubisiak qualified as an individual on the women's side. Flynn also added his second ODAC Coach of the Year honor on each side. Keith Thomas and Tim Miller were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team for a second straight year.

In 2013, the Bridgewater women's team won the program's second ODAC title in three seasons behind a dominating effort. Flynn was named the ODAC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year and his top runner, Kaylee Kubisiak, was named ODAC Runner of the Year. Bridgewater placed all five runners in the top 10 to easily win the program's second conference title with 22 total points, marking the best team performance at the league championship since 2003 when Lynchburg won the title with 20 points. Bridgewater's 22 points is the fourth-lowest total ever at the conference championships. Five runners earned All-ODAC recognition, while four competitors were named to the All-South/Southeast Region team. Kubisiak qualified for the national meet for the second straight season after leading the Eagles at the regional meet. 

The 2013 men's team turned in the most successful season in program history as the Eagles reached the national meet as a team after hoisting the program's first South/Southeast region championship and its first ODAC title. Flynn was named the South/Southeast Region Coach of the Year and also was named the ODAC Coach of the Year. Five BC runners earned All-ODAC honors, while the Eagles also had five runners earn All-South/Southeast Region recognition.

Flynn's runners also excel in the classroom as both the men's and women's cross country teams were recognized as All-Academic squads for the 2012 season by the USTFCCCA. Tim Wisniewski was named the ODAC Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was also pegged to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District team. Ryan Speray joined Wisniewski on the Academic All-District squad. 

Flynn came to Bridgewater College after one year as a Division I assistant coach at University of North Carolina-Greensboro. While there, he coached four all-conference cross country runners and helped lead the men's cross country team to its highest finish in school history at the conference and NCAA regional meets.

Prior to coaching at UNCG, Flynn spent three seasons as an assistant coach in cross country and track and field at Coe College, a Division III school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Flynn coached five All-Americans and 13 conference champions.

Flynn is no stranger to the ODAC as he competed at Lynchburg College where he was a four-time all-conference runner in cross country. On the track he earned five ODAC individual titles and was a 12-time all-conference nominee. He was a member of eight ODAC championship track teams and two cross country championship teams.

Flynn is a member of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and USA Track and Field. He is a USA Track & Field Level 1 Certified Coach.

Flynn Career
Year                ODAC Indoor NCAA Indoor Qualifiers ODAC Outdoor NCAA Outdoor Qualifiers Accolades                         
2016 (Men) 1st  1st  ODAC Indoor Champions / ODAC Outdoor Champions / ODAC Indoor Coach of the Year
2016 (Women)   1st 3 1st 4 ODAC Indoor Champions / ODAC Outdoor Champions / 12th-place National Outdoors / ODAC Outdoor Coach of the Year
2017 (Men) 2nd  2nd   
2017 (Women) 1st 1st 4 ODAC Indoor Champions / ODAC Outdoor Champions / 7th-place National Indoors / 5th-place National Outdoors / ODAC Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year
2018 (Men) 2nd 1 1st 1 ODAC Outdoor Champions / ODAC Outdoor Coach of the Year
2018 (Women) 1st 3 2nd 2 ODAC Indoor Champions / ODAC Indoor Coach of the Year