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Former Deer QB named lone finalist for DP head coach/assistant AD

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

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It appears the Deer Park football program has its new coach. Austin Flynn, a former standout quarterback for the Deer, is expected to be named the new head coach/assistant athletic director at February’s Deer Park ISD Board meeting.

To lead its future, the Deer football program has turned to its not-so-distant past.

Former Deer quarterback Austin Flynn is the lone finalist to be Deer Park’s 16th head football coach and assistant athletic director.

In a text message Tuesday regarding Flynn and the position, Deer Park Athletic Director Jerry Creel only said, “We have a lone finalist to be voted on by the (school) board on February 12th.”

The Deer Park ISD Board of Trustees next regularly scheduled meeting is set for that evening at the Educational Service Center. He would succeed Chris Massey who announced his retirement in December after 14 years.

Flynn is an assistant coach and offensive coordinator at NAIA Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. In 2016, he was voted as co-assistant coach of the year for the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

Last season, Flynn’s offense averaged more than 500 yards per game and 67 total touchdowns for the 9-3 Vikings.

Flynn starred with the Deer, graduating in 2001. From Texas, Flynn travelled north to Iowa State, where he redshirted as a quarterback before switching positions to wide receiver.

While at ISU, Flynn was the co-winner of the program’s Ennis Haywood Award for players who demonstrate effort in games, practice and off-field endeavors on behalf of ISU football. He also led Cyclone receivers with 56 catches, which at the time ranked seventh best in ISU’s single season charts, and had two 100-yard games.

During his senior season at Deer Park, Flynn was named one of the top 60 high school players in Texas by the Dallas Morning News and was named all-district in both his junior and season seasons.