Saint Thomas Academy Names Flanagan Baseball Program Head and Head Coach
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn., Nov. 21, 2017 – Saint Thomas Academy has named Ryan Flanagan head baseball coach and program head. Flanagan will oversee the Academy’s entire 6-12 baseball program, leading the varsity baseball team and coaching staff. Flanagan, an investment manager for General Mills, was previously head varsity coach at Roseville Area High School, and head coach and manager of the Saint Paul Shamrocks Amateur Baseball team, a team of current and former collegiate and professional athletes.
“I have always admired and respected the STA tradition, as it was exemplified to me by my late grandfather, Herb Mischke, who was inducted into the STA Athletic Hall of Fame prior to his passing,” Flanagan said. “As a coach at Saint Thomas Academy, I will strive to continue the legacy of success, character and respect associated with Cadet athletics.”
Bob Slater, director of athletics and activities said, “Ryan has unique leadership skills that will enhance our baseball program and further develop the players’ character and commitment to the team. His head coaching experience, combined with his corporate experience training, developing and working with cross-functional teams will truly benefit Cadets baseball.”
Inspired by the leadership of his college coach, Dennis Denning, head baseball coach at the University of St. Thomas (UST), Flanagan brings a passion for the game and strong work ethic to the position, and understands how to assess and leverage each player’s individual strengths to build winning teams. At Roseville Area High School, he took over a team with a losing record and a below-average GPA. During his four years as coach, Roseville players were named the 2011 Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year, All-State and All-Metro four consecutive years, Lion's All-Star and Academic All-State selections three times, and 12 All-Conference selections. The team was awarded Academic All-State Gold Award in 2012 for a top eight team GPA in the state, and a Silver Award in 2011 for a top 20 finish. The program graduated 16 players in 4 years who went on to play college baseball, including 4 in DI, 3 in DII, and 9 in DIII.
Flanagan served as head coach and general manager of the Saint Paul Shamrocks Amateur Baseball team from 2006-2014. Under his leadership, the team went from finishing last (43rd) in its class in 2005 to a state champion in 2013. He spearheaded increased recruiting, a change in competitive culture and team marketing to attract talent. For his success, he was selected to be head coach of the 2010 St. Paul League All-Star Team and assistant coach of the 2010 Class A All-Star Team. Six players he coached signed professional contracts and five signed Northwoods collegiate contracts.
Flanagan played college baseball at UST, where he contributed to three MIAC championships (2003, 2004, 2005) as a utility player, playing seven different positions. He received two Academic All-Conference Awards (2004, 2005). He was a 3-time St. Paul Amateur League Champion as a player for Commanding Edge in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He was named North Suburban All-Conference in 2001 as a player for Totino-Grace High School and All-4th District while playing for the Rosetown American Legion in 2001.
Flanagan volunteers for the West St. Paul Boys & Girls Club and the Harmon Killebrew Foundation. He is also involved with UST’s Recruiting, Mentor/Buddy program, flag football, basketball, golf and softball teams.
About Saint Thomas Academy
Founded in 1885, Saint Thomas Academy is an all-male, college preparatory, Catholic, military/leadership school committed to preparing young men to succeed in college and in life. The Academy challenges its students in grades 6-12 to excel academically, spiritually, morally and physically in and out of the classroom. It is fully accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS); a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Minnesota Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), and the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS). For more information, please visit www.cadets.com.
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