Lynn Flanagan, an assistant basketball coach at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) for 16 seasons, has been promoted to associate head coach of the Lions women’s basketball team, head coach Julie Wilhoit announced Wednesday, June 27th.

The promotion comes during a busy summer of changes among the coaching staff, says Wilhoit, who is now in her 13th season at the helm of the Lions’ program, and recently announced the hiring of assistant coaches Brian Rosario and Michelle Zylstra.

“Coach Flanagan has done an outstanding job coordinating our recruiting efforts over the years,” Wilhoit said. “She has taken us from the bottom of the West Coast Conference standings and put us in a position where we can compete for the championship every year.”

An LMU Hall of Famer in her own right, Flanagan will continue her work with the Lions, who are in search of their second West Coast Conference Championship in five seasons.

“Coach Flanagan was my first hire as the head coach here at LMU,” Wilhoit said. “I told her then, ‘You own ten school records. You’re going to help us recruit players who will break your records.'”

Flanagan still holds the LMU records for career (337) and single-season (144) free-throws, after starring for the Lions from 1988 to 1991.

Flanagan was the first women’s basketball player inducted into the LMU Athletics Hall of Fame, in 2000. An All-West Coast Conference honoree, she received her undergraduate degree in liberal studies with an emphasis in education in December 1991.

Flanagan and the Lions are scheduled to open the 2007-08 season at Boise State University November 9th.

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