By Gianna Addario
---- — It took a little over four months, but the Beverly High girls basketball team has finally named a new head coach in Allison Flynn.
A 2001 graduate of arch rival Salem High, where she scored more than 1,400 career points, Flynn is excited about the opportunity to coach at the high school level.
“I heard that the position was open and sent my resume in,” explained Flynn. “I’m excited to work on the North Shore and coach a team that was once a rival to me. Beverly is a great school with great program and it’s in a really good league.”
Flynn said that she heard back from Beverly High Athletic Director James Coffey within a week of her interview to let her know she was hired.
The newly appointed Panther head coach takes over for Matt Smith, who coached Beverly for the past 13 seasons. The Panthers haven’t made the playoffs since 2010 and went a combined 16-44 over the last three years.
“I was told that they’re very hungry to win, which I was excited to hear,” noted Flynn. “The one thing you have to remember going into any program is that it’s a marathon, not a sprint. I’m hoping that the girls can get better every single day at practice — and that success will follow.”
Flynn had the opportunity to see some of the BHS girls during a summer league game last night in Danvers and expects great things in the seasons to come.
“Watching them, I saw that they had so much potential,” added Flynn. “I think we can be a very fast paced team. The girls seem to play hard and gritty.”
Flynn was able to introduce herself to some of the girls last night and hopes to have a team meeting within the next few weeks.
There’s no word about who will be on Flynn’s staff just yet.
A resident of Peabody, Flynn works with adults with disabilities at Easter Seals. Prior to coming to Beverly, she was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Saint Anselm’s women’s basketball team in Manchester, N.H. She also held the same role at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont for a year.
In her college playing days, Flynn served as a two-year captain at Norwich University. As a point guard, she was named the 2006 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Player of the year her junior season. Upon graduation in 2007, she became one of the assistant coaches there as well.