Wednesday , Jun , 29 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Bucknell gives Flannery four-year deal

=== Bucknell gives Flannery four-year deal ===

Lewisburg, PA (Sports Network) – Bucknell announced Wednesday that men’s
basketball coach Pat Flannery has agreed to a new four-year contract.

Flannery guided the Bison to a 23-10 mark last season and a Patriot League
championship. Bucknell also pulled off perhaps the upset of the 2005 NCAA
Tournament with a 64-63 win over Kansas in the first round. That win was the
first for Bucknell or any other Patriot League team in the NCAA tourney.

“I am extremely pleased knowing that the future of the Bison men’s basketball
program will be in Pat Flannery’s capable hands,” Bucknell director of
athletics John Hardt said. “This was certainly a storybook season, one that no
Bucknellian will soon forget, and I am also confident that the success that
Pat and his team experienced in 2004-05 is indicative of the heights this
program can achieve. Even more inspiring is that Pat has led the team to this
unprecedented on-court success while at the same time effectively managing to
balance that against Bucknell’s rigorous academic demands.”

The 47-year-old Flannery is a 1980 graduate of Bucknell and owns a career
coaching mark of 267-189 with the Bison and Division III Lebanon Valley.
Flannery has gone 172-146 in 11 seasons at his alma mater since taking over
for Charlie Woollum, who stepped down in 1994.