Penn State Adds Former Baylor School Coach Dan Flack as Assistant Coach

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Penn State Adds Dan Flack as Assistant Coach

Penn State on Tuesday announced the hiring of Dan Flack as an assistant coach, bringing a wealth of experience to Happy Valley.

Flack joins the staff of coach Tim Murphy bringing a wealth of national and scholastic experience.

“We are delighted to add the breadth of knowledge, expertise and success that Dan brings to our program,” Murphy said in a university statement. “We’re also proud to welcome him back to the great state of Pennsylvania!”

Flack worked with the USA Junior National Team in several capacities dating to 2011. He was the head coach for the U.S. team at the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Championship and was an assistant at the World Junior Championships on three occasions. He coached 11 athletes to places on the national team, both senior and junior.

Most recently, Flack was the director of competitive swimming and head coach at the renowned Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn., a position he held from 2005-22. He led teams that on six occasions won the Swimming World National Championships – the girls in 2008-09, 2010-11 and 2011-12; the boys in 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2017-18. Baylor won state championships each year while he expanded the boarding school proportion of the swim team and directed recruiting as well as athlete and coaching development.

“I want to thank Coach Murphy and the entire Penn State swimming staff for being so welcoming to me.” Flack said. “I am delighted to be back in college coaching, and I am especially looking forward to being back in my home state of Pennsylvania. This state has a rich swimming tradition and community. I look forward to connecting with all its members from the club, high school, and college ranks.”

At Baylor, Flach trained 15 Olympic Trials qualifiers and one Olympian (Dustin Tynes of the Bahamas) in 2016. He mentored 120 All-Americans and more than 50 collegiate swimmers.

Before Baylor, Flack worked as an assistant coach at the University of Georgia, when the Bulldogs won the 1999 NCAA Women’s Championship, and the University of North Carolina. Before returning to his alma mater in Chapel Hill, he served as the head coach at Raleigh Swimming Association, Bengal Tiger Aquatic Club in Louisiana and Bruin Swim Club in Rhode Island. Flack led Raleigh to a NCSA junior men’s, women’s and combined team title in 2004 to earn Gold Medal Club status from USA Swimming.

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Frank Comfort
8 months ago

Great coach & relentless recruiter….plus State College, PA is a great place to live.

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