“Bruiser” Flint is now in his sixth season as Drexel’s
Head Coach. Flint has established Drexel as one of the top
programs in the Colonial Athletic Association since
arriving on the University City campus in 2001. Last year,
Flint led a young team to 15 wins, three national
television appearances and a trip to Madison Square Garden
and a berth in the NIT Season Tip-Off Semifinals.
A two-time CAA Coach of the Year, Flint’s teams have
advanced to the postseason three times in his first five
seasons and have won at least 11 conference games four
times. Only three other schools in the CAA have matched
that feat during that time. He has an 83-65 record at the
school and an impressive 56-34 (.622) mark in CAA play.
Flint has already moved into fourth place in career wins
at Drexel. Since his arrival, the Dragons have had the CAA
Defensive Player of the Year on three occasions, have had
eight All-CAA selections and seven members of the
conference’s All-Defensive team.
Flint recently served his second stint with USA
Basketball. During the summer of 2005, Flint was an
Assistant Coach for the USA Under 21 World Championship
Team that played in Mar del Plata, Argentina. The team
posted a 7-1 record. His first stint came as a court coach
prior to the Global Games.
During the 2004-05 season, despite key injuries to a
number of players, Drexel had a 17-12 mark and a 12-6
record in the CAA. The Dragons had their highest RPI
rating since the Malik Rose years and took Mid American
Conference runner-up Buffalo to overtime on its home court
in the opening round of the NIT. It was the third straight
time Flint led a Drexel team to the postseason.
In 2003-04, Flint was named the CAA Coach of the Year
after leading a team picked to finish in a tie for fourth
place to a second-place finish with a 13-5 league record.
The Dragons won 12 of their last 15 regular-season games
and finished just one game behind Virginia Commonwealth.
Overall, Flint’s team finished 18-11 and advanced to the
NIT for the second straight season. The Dragons lost at
Villanova in the first round.
In his second season, Flint returned the Dragons to the
postseason for the first time in six years. Drexel won 19
games and finished with a 12-6 record in the CAA. The
Dragons won two games at the CAA Tournament and advanced
to the championship game. Drexel lost in the finals, but
was rewarded with a bid to the National Invitation
Tournament, only the sixth postseason appearance in the
school’s history at the time.
Flint, who owns a 169-137 career record, returned home to
his native Philadelphia when he took over as Drexel’s head
coach on April 5, 2001. In his first year, Flint led a
team that was picked to finish ninth in the CAA to an 11-7
mark, tying them for third in the league. The Dragons
finished with a 14-14 record. For his efforts, Flint was
named the CAA Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year. Flint
picked up his 100th career victory in Drexel’s 68-65 win
against UNC Wilmington on Feb. 18, 2002.
Flint arrived at Drexel after a 12-year stint at UMass. He
was an assistant coach for seven seasons before becoming
the school’s 17th head basketball coach. He compiled an
86-72 career record, including a 52-28 record in Atlantic
10 Conference play at UMass. He led three of his teams to
postseason play and was the NABC District I Co-Coach of
the Year in 1998. Flint was the fastest coach in UMass
history to reach 30 wins and was the winningest first-year
coach ever at UMass. He spent two seasons as an assistant
coach at Coppin State University before joining the UMass
A 1987 Saint Joseph’s graduate, Flint, 39, was a four-year
letterwinner with the Hawks. He earned All-Atlantic 10
honors as a senior and led Saint Joseph’s to the 1986 A-10
championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament as a
junior. The Hawks also made NIT appearances in 1984 and
1985. He was inducted into the Saint Joseph’s Athletic
Hall of Fame in 1998 and graduated with a degree in
Flint graduated from nearby Episcopal Academy in 1983. He
was a First Team All-Philadelphia and Third Team All-State
selection following his senior season. Flint finished his
prep career ranked second on the Inter-Academic
Conference’s all-time scoring and assist lists, and was
named the league’s MVP as a senior.
Flint, his wife, Rene, and their daughter, Jada, reside in