James “Jimmy” Flynn

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James “Jimmy” Flynn was inducted into the Delaware Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1999. In 1954, Jimmy was timed in 5.3 seconds in the 50-yard dash on an indoor dirt track for a University
of Delaware record that still stands. He also ran a leg on the UD record-setting mile relay team. Flynn was head men’s track & field coach at Delaware for 18 years (1961-1979). He took a
struggling team and in two years, turned it into a conference championship team with mostly Delaware athletes. His teams won conference championships three times. Jimmy’s career record is 93-28 in
dual meet competition. As an undergraduate at Delaware, Jimmy excelled in football as well as track. He led the 1954 football team in rushing with 705 yards and in scoring with 60 points. He finished
his career with 1,387 yards, ranking him 15th on UD’s all-time rushing list. Jimmy coached two IC4A champions at Delaware: Ed Mongan in the indoor 440-yard run and Bob Tatnall in the long jump. Two
other Hen trackmen (Guy Ramsey in the high jump and Ed Mongan in the 440) qualified for the NCAA championships. Other highlights of Flynn’s Delaware track coaching career include his team’s unbeaten
indoor spring track season in 1978. Jimmy also served as director of the Delaware high school track and field championship meets for many years. In addition to his track-coaching prowess, Flynn
served as Delaware’s freshman and assistant varsity football coach, helping to develop many successful Blue Hen standouts.

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