Fremont selects South Sioux City's Kelly Flynn as next girls basketball coach

Kelly Flynn led South Sioux City to 11 girls basketball state titles.

After seven years, Kelly Flynn is getting back into the coaching business.

It was announced Wednesday that the longtime South Sioux City girls basketball coach will take over that position at Fremont High. Flynn will replace Tony Weinandt, who recently retired after coaching the Tigers the past 17 seasons.

“I enjoyed the job that I was doing,” Flynn said. “But I did miss the coaching and the teaching.”

A member of the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame, Flynn led the Cardinals to 11 girls basketball championships in 16 state tournament appearances. He was selected as the national coach of the year in 2012 by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.

Flynn stepped down after the 2011 season with a career record of 508-128 in 27 seasons at South Sioux. He also served as the school’s athletic director for 11 years.

He has been working the past five years as the director of economic development for South Sioux City.

“I saw that job opening and I thought it was something I’d like to pursue,” Flynn said. “I always had great experiences when we played our district games at Fremont High.”

Flynn added that the move would allow him and wife Barb to be closer to their grandchildren, who live in Bennington.

“We make that trip a lot,” he said. “And family is very important to us.”

Flynn stands ninth on the state’s career coaching win list and will be second among active coaches. Retired Freeman coach Ken Cook is the all-time leader with 623 wins and Gretna’s Jerome Skrdla is first among active coaches with 553.

When Flynn stepped aside seven years ago, he did not call it a retirement. Instead, he called it “a break from coaching.”

With his recent hire announced by Fremont Athletic Director Scott Anderson, that break is over.

“The bottom line is that I really missed it,” Flynn said. “I have a lot of memories from South Sioux City, and hopefully we’ll make some new memories in Fremont.”

Mike covers high school sports, primarily volleyball in the fall, girls basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring and summer. He also reports on horse racing for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MPattersonOWH. Phone: 402-444-1350.

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