CHICAGO – University of Chicago Director of Athletics & Recreation Erin McDermott announced the hiring of Pat Flinn as head men's soccer coach on Wednesday.
"We had the opportunity in hiring Pat to bring an instrumental part of our team's recent rise and consistent success back to UChicago as the leader of this program," McDermott said. "I am confident that Pat will not only continue our forward progress but will build on that foundational strength to make us better.
"The outpouring of support for Pat in this process was beyond anything I have ever experienced. Most importantly, it spoke to the depth of impact he has had on many lives in an immensely positive and meaningful way. I look forward to watching this program thrive under Pat's leadership."
Flinn returns to the Hyde Park campus where he spent three seasons as UChicago assistant men's soccer coach under former head coach Mike Babst. From 2014-16, the Maroons compiled a record of 41-12-7 (.742 winning percentage) and two University Athletic Association (UAA) titles. They reached the NCAA tournament all three years, advancing to the second round twice and the round of 16 once.
In that time frame, Flinn was part of the 2014 and 2016 UAA Coaching Staffs of the Year, as well as the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Central Region Coaching Staff of the Year. The prolific 2016 squad established new school records for wins (17), winning percentage (.900), winning streak (15), shutouts (15), fewest goals allowed (8), lowest goals against average (0.39), points (156) and assists (52). Three Maroons were named All-Americans that year.
Flinn spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons on staff as Assistant Men's Soccer Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Loyola University Chicago. The 2018 Ramblers posted a 65 RPI (highest in the Missouri Valley Conference) and reached their first MVC tournament final in program history, finishing second.
Loyola also produced its first-ever Major League Soccer draft picks in program history in 2017 and 2018. Flinn's recruits earned three MVC All-Conference honors, as well as MVC Goalkeeper of the Year, at the conclusion of the 2018 year.
"I am so grateful for this opportunity to come back and lead the UChicago men's soccer program," Flinn said. "I want to thank everyone involved in the hiring process, especially Erin McDermott, for entrusting me with the leadership of this program. Beyond that, I want to thank everyone that has helped me on my path to becoming a head coach. Coach Babst has played a huge part in not only developing this program to where it is today, but also in my growth as a coach. My most recent experience working with Coach [Neil] Jones at Loyola is bringing me back to Hyde Park as a better coach than when I left two years ago. Above all, my wife Lindsey has always been my greatest supporter. A coach is nothing without their players and between Loyola and UChicago, I have been fortunate to work with amazing student-athletes. I cannot wait to get back to work at a place that has remained very special to my family and me since my three years on staff as an assistant."
In addition to his collegiate coaching, Flinn served as FC United Soccer Club Head Coach for the 1999 Boys' Team from 2014-18. The squad was twice crowned Illinois State Cup Champions (2017-18), won the 2018 U.S. Youth Soccer (USYS) Region II Championship and took fourth at the 2018 USYS National Championships.
Flinn possesses a United States Soccer Federation B License. He previously served for four years as Technical Director at Vestavia Hills Soccer Club in Birmingham, Ala. His teams won three USYS State Championships.
Flinn was also a coaching intern at Washington & Jefferson College in the 2011-12 school year.
Flinn played collegiate soccer at NCAA Division I school Duquesne University from 2004-07. He was a team captain as a senior and a member of two squads that won Atlantic 10 Conference regular season championships. He graduated from Duquesne with a bachelor's degree in business administration.