NEW ORLEANS – Bridgewater College head men's and women's cross country coach Brian Flynn continued to add to his postseason accolades after being named the Men's South/Southeast Region Coach of the Year in a release by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
With the honor, Flynn becomes the program's first Region Coach of the Year after leading the men's cross country team to the program's first regional championship at Saturday's South/Southeast Region Championships at Lee Hall Mansion in Newport News, Va. All five of Flynn's men's runners placed in the top 25 at Saturday's meet. Flynn's recognition marks the fourth straight season that the Region Coach of the Year honor has been bestowed upon an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) coach.
At the regional meet, Flynn led five Bridgewater men to All-Region accolades with junior Luke Sohl's fourth-place finish leading the way for the Eagles. Bridgewater ran past Emory University by a 74-to-91 margin at the meet. On the women's side, the Eagles picked up four All-Region honorees in a third-place effort.
Bridgewater picked up votes in the latest USTFCCCA national poll after the men rolled to the regional title. The recognition in the national poll is the first for the cross country programs.
Earlier in the season, Flynn led the men's and women's cross country teams to the team title at the ODAC Championships, marking the first time the men hoisted the ODAC title in the program's history. After leading both teams to the championship, Flynn was named the ODAC Coach of the Year in both sports.
At the ODAC Championship meet, Flynn led the Eagles to a 50-point effort, which is the lowest for the team since it posted 43 points in a runner-up finish in 2007. With the win, the Eagles also snapped a five-year run by Lynchburg College atop the conference.
Flynn and the men's squad will be joined by sophomore women's cross country runner Kaylee Kubisiak as the Eagles travel to Hanover College for the 2013 NCAA Division III Championships. Start time for the women's race is set for 11 a.m., with the men to follow at noon.