NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College head football coach Todd Knight has announced the promotion of long-time assistant coach Stephen Flynn to the position of defensive coordinator beginning in the 2010 season.
Flynn, who is entering his eighth season on the Newberry football staff, has served as the outside linebackers coach for seven years while Knight was defensive coordinator. Knight served as both head coach and defensive coordinator for the 2009 season before handing the reins of the "War Party" defense to Flynn this spring.
"Coach Flynn is one of the best coaches of the fundamentals that I've been around during my coaching career," Knight said. "He's been coaching with me for a long time and he's been on the staff at Newberry since we installed this defense, so he knows from back to front. I'm very comfortable with coach Flynn and I trust him, so this is a natural progression for him. I think he's ready to do great things as our defensive coordinator."
"I'm grateful to coach Knight for the opportunity to be the defensive coordinator at Newberry College," Flynn said. "I'm looking forward to my continued work with our coaching staff and great student-athletes. I'm fortunate to have been here for so long and it makes me feel good that coach Knight has this kind of confidence in me. Coach Knight has done a great job as defensive coordinator and he will be a very tough act to follow. I hope I can fill his shoes well."
Before arriving at Newberry, Flynn coached several years in the high school ranks. In 2002, he served as the Offensive Coordinator at Keenan High School. Along with his coordinating duties, he also coached the quarterbacks, running backs and secondary.
Prior to his stint at Keenan, Flynn coached five seasons from 1997 to 2001 at Lugoff-Elgin High School. Over that period of time he served as receivers coach, quarterbacks coach and running backs coach on the offensive side of the ball. His defensive duties included coaching the secondary and outside linebackers.
In 1996, Flynn took on his second stint at his alma mater, Buford High School, coaching the quarterbacks and running backs. During 1994, Flynn served as a volunteer assistant in the Socastee football program. The 1993 football season was Coach Flynn's inaugural season as a football coach. He served as a volunteer assistant on the State Runner-up team at Buford High School, his alma mater.
Coach Flynn played quarterback and free safety on the gridiron at Buford High School where he earned four varsity letters. He also played free safety at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C., where he earned one varsity letter in 1992.
Originally from Lancaster, S.C., Flynn completed his associate's degree from the University of South Carolina-Lancaster in 1994 and finished his undergraduate degree requirements in history at Newberry in 2006. He is married to the former Lauren Chapman. She is a Newberry native as well as a Newberry College alumnus. The couple lives in Newberry and is expecting their first child in the fall.