Flynn's goal at Gibbons: bring back intimidation

New basketball coach seeks home-court edge


May 12, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

As a former player for the late and legendary Cardinal Gibbons basketball coach Ray Mullis, Bob Flynn remembers his alma mater as "an intimidating place to play."

"The gym was always so packed that if you didn't come in during the JV game, you didn't get in," said Flynn, a reserve center on Mullis' championship teams of 1974 and '75.

"I remember being mesmerized at Mullis' coaching. And I remember how Gibbons' gym was the place to be on Friday nights," Flynn said. "I remember how Gibbons was a tough place for an opponent to play. I want to bring all of that back."

Flynn recently was hired to replace Bryan Moorhouse, a former assistant to Mullis who stepped down to accept a position in a business. A former assistant to Jim Phelan at Mount St. Mary's, Flynn left St. Mary's College in St. Mary's City to take over at his alma mater.

"A lot of my coaching colleagues didn't understand my decision, but I was sure I wanted to get back involved with the Gibbons tradition after meeting with several of the alumni, many of whom are my age," said Flynn, who also is Gibbons' director of marketing.

"We drew record crowds at St. Mary's this season, and I'm proud of that," Flynn said. "I plan to get out into the community and really promote Gibbons. We have a principal, Gary Meyerl, who is really behind our program."

A Catonsville native, Flynn starred in lacrosse at Mount St. Mary's before graduating in 1979. He turned around high school programs at St. Joseph's High in Emmittsburg, and North Carroll before joining Phelan, whom he assisted for 10 seasons and "watched him win his 600th and 700th career games," Flynn said.

St. Mary's College won a school-record 15 games under Flynn two years ago, and went .500 last season -- the school's first back-to-back non-losing seasons.

White at Woodlawn

Reggie White, a 1988 graduate of Milford Mill, was recently hired to replace Terry Brooks as Woodlawn's football coach. Brooks resigned after a 2-8 season to pursue private business ventures, according to Baltimore County coordinator of athletics Ron Belinko.

A former defensive lineman, White played three seasons at North Carolina A&T before being drafted in the sixth round by the NFL's San Diego Chargers in 1992.

He spent three years with the Chargers, a year with the New England Patriots and a half-season with the New York Jets before pursuing his interest as a motivational speaker for young people.

Making waves

Gilman All-American swimmer Jason Bruns, a two-time MIAA champion in the 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly events, will attend Franklin & Marshall next fall.

Bruns was a three-event gold medalist at MIAAs this season and has also established three school records.

Baseball's best

St. Paul's sophomore catcher Brent Weiss finished hitting .451 with a single-season, school-record nine home runs -- three more than he had last season.

MIAA A baseball

The Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association baseball tournament begins Monday at 10 a.m. at Joe Cannon Stadium in Anne Arundel County.

Top seed and defending champ Calvert Hall faces fourth seed Curley at 10 a.m., and No. 2 seed Loyola tackles No. 3 seed Mount St. Joseph at 5 p.m.

The double-elimination tournament will take place at Joe Cannon until Thursday, and, if necessary, on Friday as well.

Tough in Tennis

McDonogh's No. 2 singles player, Zach Myers, takes an 18-0 record into tomorrow's 3 p.m. MIAA Tennis championships at McDonogh. Myers was 25-2 last season.

In Baltimore County, Pikesville will defend its county title against Dulaney, Towson and several other contenders today at 2 p.m. at the Community College of Baltimore-Catonsville.

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