February 25, 1997 Release No. 112
Contact: Adam Levin
Sports Information Director
Phone #: (207) 786-6411


Flynn family twice honored by EISA

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College skiing program was honored by the Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association (EISA) last weekend when nordic coach Becky Flynn Woods '89 was named as 1997 Nordic Coach of the Year and her father, Bob Flynn, received the EISA Service Award for his lifetime of work with the organization.

Flynn, who is now the head baseball and golf coach at Bates, was head skiing coach from 1968 to 1990. He was instrumental in the Bobcats' move to a Division I program in 1972 and was a two-time EISA president. Flynn has served on the national level as well, presiding over the NCAA skiing rules committee in 1983 when the national championships became a co-ed event. Many of those who have skied under Flynn have earned All-EISA honors, the most prominent of whom was Nancy Ingersoll Fidler '78, a nordic All-American in her senior year, a 10-time national champion and three-time Olympian. "It was exciting to see how much my father has impacted skiing through other people's eyes," Woods said.

Woods is honored by the EISA for the second time in the last three years. Four Bates skiers have qualified for the NCAA championships, to be held March 5-8 in Stowe, Vt. The men's team, led by All-EISA and NCAA qualifiers juniors Justin Freeman (Franklin, N.H.) and David Chamberlain (Wilton, Maine), have finished as high as third at several meets this season, most recently at the EISA Championships held at Middlebury College Feb. 21-22. Freeman posted one of his three second-place finishes this season at Middlebury, while Chamberlain has one second- and one third-place finish during the season and a fourth-place finish at the EISA championships. Junior Chris Oberle (West Dover, Vt.) rounded out the Bobcats' scorers at Middlebury with a 25th place finish. The women had their highest finish of the season at Middlebury, with senior All-EISA selection Katie Gould (Williamstown, Mass.) and junior Jennifer Bergeron (South Burlington, Vt.) finishing in fourth and fifth place, respectively, for their best finishes of the season. Both are headed to the NCAAs, Gould for the third time in her career and Bergeron for the first time. Senior Becky Steer (Anchorage, Alaska) took a season-best 15th place as the Bobcats' final scorer.

"We were lucky to have Bob Flynn start such an accomplished program," Suzanne Coffey, director of Athletics at Bates said. "To see it carried on so well by Becky says so much about the program he established."