The University of Ottawa women’s basketball team is happy to announce the hiring of Patrick Flynn as the team’s full time assistant coach. Flynn, a uOttawa alumnus, comes to the garnet and grey after four seasons as head coach of the CEGEP de l’Outaouais Griffons.
“Pat will be an outstanding addition to our coaching staff this year. He is a respected, experienced bilingual coach with strong connections in the Quebec basketball community and is very keen to help take our program to another level,” notes head coach Andy Sparks.
Named the head coach of the Griffons in February of 2010, Flynn won the school’s Coach of the Year award last season. Before that, Flynn coached the juvenile girls team at l’Arsenal du Collège Nouvelles-Frontières, where he got his coaching start as the boys team coach.
The Gatineau native also brings connections to the elite players coming through the Basketball Quebec development system. As an assistant coach for Outaouais regional U16 women’s team at the Quebec Games in 2010, he coached Catherine Traer on the Games-winning team. He has also coached U15 in the Outaouais region, and will return to the Quebec Games as the Espoir U14 assistant coach later this summer.
Before turning to coaching, Flynn played high school ball at Collège Saint-Alexandre, and one year of CEGEP at Nouvelles-Frontières. He earned a civil law degree (L.L.L.) and a common law degree (L.L.B.) from the University of Ottawa, graduating in 2009. After passing the Quebec bar in 2010, Flynn worked for the Association of French Speaking Jurists of Ontario, a non-profit organization which works to defend French rights.
With the Gee-Gees, Flynn will focus on individual skill development with players, and video sessions. “I’m always excited to get in a gym and coach - to make individual players better and make a team better,” he says.
“I feel privileged to learn from Coach Sparks, and as an alumni I want uOttawa to have success. This program is still rising, it’s still on the upswing and if I can do anything to keep that momentum going I would be thrilled for the University, for the girls, and for myself to have that challenge. I’m coaching a team with high expectations and that is very motivating for me.”
Flynn takes over the role from Marg Jones, who is now the head coach for the Nipissing Lakers.