For the former VFL player, see Dick Flynn (Australian footballer).
Dick Flynn
Biographical details
Born (1943-07-17) July 17, 1943 (age 76)
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Playing career
Position(s)End, tackle
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
1 MAC (1994)
MAC Coach of the Year (1994)

Richard O. Flynn (born July 17, 1943) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Central Michigan University from 1994 to 1999, compiling a record of 30–37.

Career Edit

Flynn played football at Michigan State from 1962–1964. At the end of his senior year he won the Ross Trophy, given annually to the best scholar-athlete.[1] Following his graduation from Michigan State he served as an assistant coach at Lansing Eastern High School from 1965–1966 before serving four years in the United States Air Force. He returned to Eastern High School in 1971 as head football coach, a position he would occupy until 1977.[2]

Central Michigan promoted Herb Deromedi, its defensive coordinator, to become head football coach in 1978 on the unexpected departure of Roy Kramer. Deromedi brought in Flynn as one of several defensive assistants, with responsibility for linebackers. Also on staff was future Notre Dame head coach Tyrone Willingham (secondary).[3] Flynn was de facto coordinator during the 1978 season, and was formally given the title in 1979.[4]

Flynn succeeded Deromedi as head coach after the 1993 season when the latter became athletic director.[5] Flynn had been assistant head coach, in addition to defensive coordinator, from 1992–1993.[6] After his resignation as Central Michigan's head coach toward the end of the 1999 season, Flynn served as an assistant coach at Indiana (2000–2001), Akron (2002–2003), and Eastern Michigan (2004–2005).[2]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Central Michigan Chippewas (Mid-American Conference) (1994–1999)
1994 Central Michigan 9–3 8–1 1st L Las Vegas
1995 Central Michigan 4–7 2–6 T–7th
1996 Central Michigan 5–6 4–4 5th
1997 Central Michigan 2–9 1–7 5th (West)
1998 Central Michigan 6–5 5–3 T–2nd (West)
1999 Central Michigan 4–7 3–5 5th (West)
Central Michigan: 30–37 23–26
Total: 30–37
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.

Coaching treeEdit

Assistant coaches under Dick Flynn who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:


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