Flynn Resigns as CMU Football Coach

Updated 4/25/1994
MOUNT PLEASANT (November 16) -- Central Michigan University head football coach Dick Flynn announced his resignation today, effective Nov. 22.

Flynn is in his sixth season as the Chippewa mentor and is completing his 22nd campaign with the CMU football program. He came to Central in 1978 as the defensive coordinator and served in that position for 16 years.

A native of Mount Pleasant, Flynn replaced Herb Deromedi as head coach on April 25, 1994 when Deromedi became Central Michigan's athletic director.

"It's been a very difficult decision but in the best interest in the program, I feel at this time I should give up my position as football coach at the end of the season," Flynn said. "It helps take away a cloud of uncertainty as we prepare for the final two games and it's in the best interest of the football players and administration so a search can begin immediately for a new coach."

The Chippewas, 2-7 for the season, play Eastern Michigan at home on Saturday, Nov. 13, and close the season at Ball State on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Flynn led Central to a Mid-American Conference (MAC) championship in 1994 with a 9-3 record and was named "Coach of the Year."

CMU has had four losing seasons in the five years since, however, and Flynn's record is now 28-37.

"It's disappointing not to have achieved many of the goals that we set," Flynn said. "But, the experience of 22 years at Central Michigan have been the best for my family and me. I greatly appreciate the support from the campus, the community and Chippewa fans everywhere.

"I feel most fortunate to have worked with an outstanding staff. I've had great coaches and their families who have been loyal to the program. I have tremendous pride and respect for the dedication and effort of our players both on and off the field, and believe very strongly they and CMU football have a great future."

Deromedi agreed the timing was important.

"There is never a good time for everyone involved," Deromedi said. "However, by Dick's resigning at this time it gives the administration a window of opportunity to have someone in place before our student-athletes leave for winter break.

"I want to commend Dick for the manner in which he and his players have conducted themselves during his tenure as head coach. He's been a part of Central Michigan football for more than 20 years and his contributions as an assistant and head coach have been noteworthy."

Flynn and his wife, Mary, live in Mount Pleasant and have two grown daughters, Kelly and Katie.