• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Andre Flynn headed to WCPS Hall of Fame

ANDRE FLYNN will be elected to the Woodford County Public School Hall of Fame in September. Flynn graduated from WCHS in 1981. (Photo submitted)

Andre Flynn was a dominant player on the basketball court at Woodford County High School, Transylvania University and as a high school basketball coach in Georgia. This September, he will enter the Woodford County Public Schools Hall of Fame.

"I was flattered by the nomination," said Flynn. "When I moved to Woodford County, I was a shy little boy. I had some great coaches like Ed Stepp, William Bland and Gene Kirk that helped make me a confident young man. They all could see the potential in me, and they never gave up on me. My coaches always demanded the best I could give, and I am grateful for their dedication, and I wouldn't be getting an award like this without them." Flynn shattered records during his time at WCHS. From 1977 to 1981, Flynn led the team in scoring and was the all-time leading scorer in school history when he graduated. "We had a special group of seniors in my final season at Woodford County," said Flynn. "Jay Wilson, Darryl Campbell, TT Campbell, Bruce Stratton, Wayne Hougland and myself all enjoyed playing ball together. Most of the guys I played with were kids that I knew growing up, We went to grade school together; we had played ball for years before we got on the high school court. Some of these guys were my best friends." After high school, Flynn attended Transylvania University and was a two time All-American. He won many awards including Freshman of the Year in his conference. At the time of his graduation in 1985, he was fourth on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,670 points and was inducted into the school Hall of Fame in 2010,Flynn recalled. "Being able to play at a small school was great because you feel a sense of closeness to your peers," said Flynn. "It wasn't a huge campus, and we had a tight group of friends and a great group of coaches. I smile a lot when I think about my time at Transy." After graduating fromTransy, Andre visited his sister in Georgia on Spring Break. She told him that the local high school was hiring for a basketball coach and he applied with no real expectations, he said. "Two days later they called me and offered me the job," said Flynn. "I could not believe it but it was a life-changing moment for me and I was grateful for the opportunity." As the boys’ basketball coach for Fayette County High School in Fayetteville, Georgia team, Flynn has recorded over 300 wins, 18 straight playoff appearances, and six regional titles. His coaching abilities have not gone unnoticed by his peers as he has won six Regional Coach of the Year awards. Flynn built a life that he loves in Fayetteville, he said. His wife, Lucia, children, Jasmine, Addison, Christin, Nikki, and Aniya have all been along for the ride. Flynn's son Addison played for him and now plays professional basketball in Australia. "My love for coaching started to shine when I was at Transy," said Flynn. "We used to run camps every year for young kids and high schoolers ,and I always enjoyed helping kids learn. I became part of the Big Brothers organization, and I wanted to give back as the coaches did for me coming up. Flynn still makes trips back to the Bluegrass, and his team has made a handful of appearances at Lexington Catholic's holiday basketball tournament.

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