MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Hours after being named named West Virginia’s new wrestling coach, Tim Flynn described the program as a “sleeping giant.”

Flynn spent the past 21 years as head coach at Edinboro, compiling a 223-95-5 record to become the school’s all-time winningest coach.

Flynn appeared on MetroNews “Statewide Sportsline” on Tuesday night and stressed the facilities he’s inheriting allow West Virginia to be competitive nationally.

“The leadership in the athletic department really sold me on their vision and what they want with the program,” Flynn said. “It being so close to the Western Pennsylvania area, where wrestling is so very strong at the high school level, you combine all that and you’ve got a sleeping giant.”

Flynn’s 2014 squad finished fifth at the national tournament with three All-Americans and Edinboro followed that in 2015 with four All-Americans and a third-place national finish.

He was the Eastern Wrestling League Coach of the Year seven times and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year 13 times. Flynn also coached three national champions (John Koscheck at 174 in 2001, Gregor Gillespie at 149 in 2007 and Jarrod King at 165 in 2009) and eight NCAA runners-u.

Flynn wrestled at Penn State where he became a 1987 All-American at 134 pounds.

“Tim brings to West Virginia a wealth of head coaching experience, success and veteran leadership,” West Virginia athletics director Shane Lyons said. “He is a proven winner and one of the most respected coaches in the sport. His years of success and consistency speak volumes, and I know he will be a great fit for our department and wrestling program.”

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