Memorial dinner set to honor the late Bob Flynn

Remembered for his love of basketball and his zest for life, the late Bob Flynn will be honored at a memorial dinner on Sept. 15 at McDaniel College where legendary coaches and Flynn’s personal mentors, including Morgan Wooten and Jim Phelan, will be on hand to pay tribute to their friend and colleague.

Flynn, a former Cardinal Gibbons basketball coach, had suffered a massive heart attack and died in early 2007. The community was shocked as Flynn, 49, was a well respected coach, teacher and friend.

Over the years, Flynn was acknowledged as both a student and a teacher of the game, competing in the MSA, MIAA and the Baltimore Catholic League, both as a Gibbons alumnus and the Crusaders’ tenured head basketball coach.

Flynn also coached at the collegiate level, beginning in 1984 as an assistant to Coach Phelan at Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg. In 2006, Flynn had just finished up his inaugural season at McDaniel College, Westminster, and was well on his way to leading the McDaniel College Green Terror to a winning season in 2006-2007.

There is no doubt that Flynn touched the lives of many, through his summer basketball skills camps, high school and college coaching careers as well as his strong presence in the community.

“Bob did so much for so many kids during his life that we wanted to honor him and do something for his family,” said event organizer Jack Degele, commissioner of the Baltimore Catholic League.

The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails, followed by a buffet dinner at 7 p.m. and tributes at 8 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $50 for adults and $30 for students.

The memorial dinner is part of an ongoing effort by those managing The Bob Flynn Educational Trust Fund, the goal of which is to ensure that the current and future educational needs of Flynn’s children are met.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting Jack Degele at 410-461-4612. More information can also be found at

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