Five questions for 'Coach Flanagan'
Rockland — Mention the name Coach Flanagan to anyone who has been brought up in the area and they will immediately think of the fond memories they created while hanging out at "The Rec."
Dan Flanagan Sr. has been an icon at the Rockland Recreation Center for 42 years. Not a stranger to sports growing up himself, Flanagan coached everything from pee wee to middle school to high school.
Following 29 years of working at the Togus VA Clinical Lab in Augusta, Flanagan is back part-time in the front office at the recreation center.
"I'm not as active as I used to," said Flanagan when we posed these five questions to him recently.
What were your favorite sports to coach?
"Basketball and golf — I mostly coached girls basketball though."
What has been the most memorable thing that has happened over the years?
"The renovations that took place about three years ago. The locker rooms were terrible; now they are all new."
What is the oddest thing you have witnessed being around all these kids?
"One time when I was coaching a pee wee game and the young player got trapped in the corner of the court. They got so frustrated they took the ball and threw it over their head backwards ... and it went in for two points."
What is your proudest moment in sports?
"Coaching the junior varsity girls' basketball team at Rockland to a 17-0 record in the 80s."
If you could do one thing over again, what would it be?
"I'd spend more time with the kids. There are a lot of kids you can really help. It is quite rewarding to work with the children. They remember things you forgot all about."
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.