Bob Flynn, a fixture on the Bates College athletics scene for decades, was already a member of the Lewiston-Auburn Sports Hall of Fame and the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame.
On Oct. 26, Flynn added a third such honor when he was inducted into the Maine Ski Hall of Fame in a ceremony held at Lost Valley in Auburn.
Flynn was head skiing coach at Bates from 1968 to 1990, and remains an assistant coach under his daughter, head coach Becky Flynn Woods '89. As head ski coach at Bates he was instrumental in the Bobcats' move to Division I competition in 1972, and in bringing the 1976 NCAA Ski Championships to Sunday River and Black Mountain, which remain Bates' home facilities for alpine and Nordic skiing, respectively. Bates finished ninth that year, the Bobcats' best-ever national finish.
Many of Flynn's athletes prospered in the sport and beyond. A number were named to EISA All-East teams, and many more participated in the NCAA Championships. Several followed Flynn's example by pursuing their own careers in the sport, including Nancy Ingersoll Fiddler '78, a 14-time national champion and two-time Olympian who began her career at Bates; Mark Godomski '91, the head alpine coach at Colby and ski director at Gould Academy; Andrew Gardner '00, head Nordic coach at Middlebury; Reid Lutter '93, the president of the National Cross Country Ski Education Foundation; and of course Woods.
From 1969 to 1990 Flynn's men's teams were in the top 10 in EISA competition each year, winning the Division III title in 1971, and qualified for the NCAAs 10 times. His women's teams never finished out of the top 10 in the WEISA championships from 1975 to 1990, and also qualified for seven NCAA Championships.
A strong presence at Bates for the past 42 years, Flynn remains closely involved with three of Bates' athletic teams as an assistant. In the fall he is the assistant golf coach, having served as head golf coach from 1990 until his retirement in 1998. For the spring season Flynn is an assistant coach for the baseball team, for which he served as head coach from 1991 to 1999.
The Maine Ski Hall of Fame is a division of the Ski Museum of Maine, which is located on Church Street in Farmington. In addition to Flynn, the 2007 class includes Jim Miller, Win Robbins, Galen, Sayward, Mike Thurston, Tom Upham, Dick Bell, Charles Broomhall and Dave Irons.