|By BILL WAGNER bwagner@capgaznewscom; BILL WAGNER [email protected]|
Following retirement, Baumgartner became head coach of intercollegiate wrestling at
So when Baumgartner talks about any topic on wrestling, people listen. And it speaks volumes that Baumgartner hired
Baumgartner initially hired Flynn to serve as his assistant coach at Edinboro. When Baumgartner was elevated to athletic director, he did not hesitate to name Flynn as his successor.
"I had no doubt that Tim would make a great head coach. His desire, work ethic and personality are all top-notch," Baumgartner said. "Tim has a true passion for the sport is an outstanding leader. His wrestling knowledge is first-rate and his ability to teach is tremendous."
Those traits that led Baumgartner to launch Flynn's coaching career have helped the Fighting Scots post the highest finish in program history at the
Edinboro's surprising performance prompted tournament organizers to select Flynn as the
"It's very nice to be honored by your peers. It's really a program award because it's based on having a good season. As a coach, you don't get that award if your team finishes last," Flynn said. "It also should be a staff award because I certainly can't do this alone. I have two great assistants who are awesome to work with and our team definitely wouldn't be where it is without them."
Flynn is the son of a
The family returned to
Flynn was a walk-on at
Perhaps just as important was the mentorship Flynn received from renowned
"Tim earned his Master's and started selling insurance and I just knew that was not the field for him," Lorenzo said. "I called Tim up and said point-blank, 'You need to be working with kids, you need to be involved with wrestling.' I'm so glad I made that phone call."
It was Lorenzo who tipped off Flynn about the assistant's opening at Edinboro and gave Baumgartner a glowing recommendation. Lorenzo is not at all surprised that his protege is now one of the finest head coaches in collegiate wrestling.