Allison Flynn starts her fifth season as head women’s basketball coach at Plymouth State in 2019-20.
Flynn has led the Panthers to a 31-70 overall mark. After taking over a team that had gone just 3-81 in Little East Conference games from 2010-15, Flynn led the Panthers to a 5-9 mark in her second season to earn LEC Coach of the Year honors.
With a 10-14 record last winter, PSU recorded its first double-digit win season since 2009-10. She has had at least one All-Little East Conference honoree each of the last three years.
Flynn led PSU to the Little East Tournament each of her first three seasons, before missing out last winter. In her first season, Plymouth State nearly pulled off an incredible upset, as the eighth-seeded Panthers fell to top-seeded Eastern Connecticut 68-58 in the quarterfinals of the LEC Tournament. PSU held a 30-27 lead at the half, and trailed by just five points (55-50) with 6:44 left before a late Warriors’ run put the game away.
The Panthers came back in 2016-17 to go 8-17 overall (5-9 LEC), with both marks matching the most wins in six years. The team entered the LEC Tournament as the fifth seed, the highest for the team since the 2008-09 season. PSU got off to a slow start in its quarterfinal game at WestConn, trailing 28-15 at the half, but the Panthers rallied to cut the deficit to 39-32 near the end of the third quarter before the hosts pulled away over the final 15 minutes.
A graduate of Norwich University, Flynn started her coaching career with a two-year stint as assistant women’s basketball coach at her alma mater from 2006-08. After spending one season in a similar role at NCAA Division II St. Michael’s College in 2008-09, Flynn settled in at D-II St. Anselm College for four seasons from 2009-13.
Prior to joining Plymouth State, Flynn spent two seasons as the head girls’ varsity basketball coach at Beverly (Mass.) High School, where she led the team to the Division 1 North Semifinals in her last season and was named North Eastern Conference and Salem Evening News Coach of the Year.