Brian Flynn begins his ninth season as the head coach of the Bridgewater College men's and women's cross country teams.
Jamie Hiegel qualified for the men's NCAA championships in both 2016 and 2017, placing in the top 60 both years. The teams combined for three All-Region selections in 2017, with two men claiming All-Region status in 2016.
In 2015, the men's and women's team both finished second at the ODAC Cross Country Championships. Flynn had eight total athletes place on the All-ODAC teams. The men and women also both claimed seventh at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional Championships. Senior Kaylee Kubisiak earned All-Region for the women, while sophomore Trey Gibson and freshman Jamie Hiegel were named All-Region for the men. Flynn also guided the track and field teams to four ODAC titles as the men and women swept both indoor and outdoor championships.
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. Flynn was also influential in a combined three ODAC track & field titles in winter/spring 2015.
In 2013, Flynn's harriers turned in what could be argued as the best season in program history. The Eagles swept the ODAC Championship meet for the first time in school history.
On the men's side, Flynn was named the ODAC Men's Coach of the Year for the first time after leading the Eagles to their first ODAC title in program history with 50 total points. Bridgewater's 50-point effort is the lowest for the team since it posted 43 points in a runner-up finish in 2007. With the win, the Eagles also snap a five-year run for Lynchburg College atop the conference. Later in the season, Flynn was named the South/Southeast Region Head Coach of the Year after leading the Eagles to the program's first region title. At the national championship meet, Bridgewater finished 31st.
Bridgewater's women hoisted the program's second ODAC title in three seasons and had a runner qualify for the national championship meet. Sophomore Kaylee Kubisiak claimed the individual conference championship as the Bridgewater Eagles women's cross country team went 1-2-3 at the meet. 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. Bridgewater's 22 points was the fourth-lowest total ever at the conference championships.
In 2012, the men and women both placed second at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championship. On the women's side, Olivia Mills claimed ODAC Runner of the Year honors, while Kaylee Kubisiak was named the ODAC Rookie of the Year. Mills and Kubisiak each earned trips to the NCAA Division III Championship after posting all-region performances. Mills became the program's first women's cross country All-American after turning in a 26th place finish at the national championship meet.
For the men, freshman Matt Denlinger took home ODAC Rookie of the Year honors, while sophomore Luke Sohl ran to all-region accolades to earn a trip to the Division III Championships. Sohl crossed the line in 51st place at the national championship meet.
Two seasons ago, the Bridgewater women's team won the program's first-ever ODAC title. Flynn was named the ODAC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year and his top runner, Olivia Mills, was named ODAC Runner of the Year. Four BC runners earned All-ODAC recognition. Two BC runners received All-South/Southeast Region honors and Mills qualified for the NCAA Division III national meet where she finished in the Top 50.
Flynn's runners also excelled in the classroom as both the men's and women's teams were recognized as All-Academic squads for the 2012 season by the USTFCCCA.
In his first five seasons, 33 runners received All-ODAC recognition, including four ODAC Runners of the Year and four ODAC Rookies of the Year. 27 BC runners received All-South/Southeast Region recognition.
Under his tutelage, Mills qualfied for three consecutive NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship Meets.
Prior to being promoted to Director of Cross Country/Track & Field, Flynn was also an assistant coach with the men's and women's track and field teams where he worked with distance runners.
In 2012-13, the Eagles' distance runners continued to shine with Mills earning a trip to the NCAA Championships in the 5,000 meter run. Multiple school and conference records fell during the 2012-13 indoor and outdoor seasons.
During the 2012 track season, the Bridgewater distance runners continued to excel. Sohl was named the top performer at the ODAC Outdoor championships after winning both the 5000 and 10000 meter events. For the women, Mills qualified for the outdoor national meet in both the 1500 and 5000 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 2011 track season, Flynn coached three All-ODAC performers during indoor season and one during outdoors. One of his runners, 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 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.
|Year||ODAC Finish||Regional Finish||NCAA Qualifiers||Accolades|
|2011 (Women)||1st||6th||1||ODAC Champions / ODAC Coach of the Year|
|2013 (Men)||1st||1st||Team||Regional and ODAC Champions / ODAC and Regional Coach of the Year|
|2013 (Women)||1st||3rd||1||ODAC Champions|
|2014 (Men)||1st||2nd||Team||ODAC Champions / ODAC Coach of the Year|
|2014 (Women)||1st||7th||1||ODAC Champions / ODAC Coach of the Year|