Dr. Henry “Skip” Flanagan
Dr. Henry “Skip” Flanagan came to Avon Old Farms in 1972, and quickly distinguished himself as an outstanding teacher, coach, and school administrator. In his 10-year career at Avon Old Farms Skip was the chief architect of the outstanding lacrosse tradition at Avon Old Farms. Skip’s understanding of the game and phenomenal ability to work with young people resulted in the establishment of one of the most well-respected lacrosse programs at the prep school level. Skip coached many outstanding teams and players, but his 1979 team was undefeated and earned the New England Division I Prep School title. Thanks to the firm foundation fashioned through Skip’s hard work, skill, and perseverance, Avon Old Farms lacrosse remains one of the premiere programs in the country.
In addition to writing a book on lacrosse (Basic Lacrosse Strategy for Young Players), Skip was one of the first to start a summer camp for young, talented, and enthusiastic players. The camp was held here at Avon Old Farms School, and Skip is personally responsible for introducing and advancing the game to thousands of young people.
Skip Flanagan is an educator. Whether at Avon Old Farms in a variety of different capacities over the years, or while he was Headmaster at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio, he brings passion, skill, and incredible knowledge to his work. He has done much for the sport of lacrosse through his efforts to teach, promote, and inspire enthusiasm for the game.
Inducted May 8th, 2004