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Mike Flanagan enters his fifth season at Rhode Island in 2019. Following the 2018 season, he was promoted to recruiting coordinator. He first joined the staff as a defensive quality control coach in the spring of 2015, working closely with the defensive backs that season. In 2017, he was promoted to tight ends coach. He also has served as the director of football operations.
In 2018, Flanagan coached Tyler Burke, who earned CAA Foootball Second-Team All-Conference honors in addition to being named to the CAA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll. Burke also was the team's nomination for the CAA Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In addition to Burke, Flanagan coached Joey Kenny, who started nine of the 11 games the team played, as Rhode Island opened most games in a double tight end formation. True freshman Caleb Warren appeared in every game on special teams and offense.
Flanagan came to Kingston after coaching the running backs and defensive backs at Bishop Hendricken High School in 2014. Flanagan was part of a staff the led the Hawks to their fifth consecutive state championship. Bishop Hendricken averaged 195.8 rushing yards per game, running for 2,546 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2014. The team ran for 280 yards and four touchdowns in the title game victory over LaSalle Academy.
Following his career as a running back and kick returner at St. Anselm College (2010-14), Flanagan spent the spring of 2014 as a student assisant coach at his alma mater, He worked with the team's tight ends and running backs.
During his high school career at Bishop Hendricken, Flanagan was a 2009 First Team All-State running back. He earned a bachelor's degree in communications from St. Anselm in 2014.