Rick Flanders
Rick Flanders
College: University of Maine
Position: Associate Head Coach (DB)

Rick Flanders, coaching his 13th season at Yale in 2009, was the defensive coordinator the entire time under Jack Siedlecki. He was promoted to Joel E. Smilow '54 Associate Head Coach in March 2007. Flanders spent the first seven years focusing on defensive backs and the last four working with linebackers. Under his watch, the Yale defense was ranked No. 1 in the FCS in scoring defense the last two seasons. He came to Yale from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was secondary coach for five seasons. He is a 1979 University of Maine graduate who helped coach Penn to Ivy titles in 1993 and 1994. Flanders' defensive backs helped the Penn defense rank nationally in both seasons, including No. 1 in pass efficiency defense for 1994. Before heading to Philadelphia, Flanders was head coach of the undefeated 1991 Dean (Mass.) Junior College team and was the linebacker and special teams coach at Lafayette from 1987 to 1990. In 1986 he was the defensive coordinator at American International College, after three seasons as linebacker and defensive back coach at SUNY-Albany, where he served as head lacrosse coach for two years. The Concord, N.H., native earned a degree in physical education from Maine and a master's in education from the University at Albany. Flanders and his wife, Wendy, live in Madison and have three children: Ashley, Lindsey and Alexander. Contact Coach Flanders: richard.flanders@yale.edu

Recruiting Areas: Connecticut, Eastern Canada, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

Flanders' All-Ivy Players:
2007

Bobby Abare (First Team)

2006

Bobby Abare (First Team)

2005

Lee Driftmier (Honorable Mention)

2004 Ben Breunig (Second Team)
2002 Barton Simmons (Second Team)
2001
Ryan LoProto (Second Team)
Ray Littleton (Honorable Mention)
2000
Todd Tomich (First Team)
Than Merrill (First Team)
1999

Todd Tomich (First Team)
Than Merrill (First Team)
Ben Blake (Honorable Mention)
1998

Nate Boxrucker (Second Team)
Todd Tomich (Second Team)
Ben Blake (Honorable Mention)

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