Inducted Class of 2014
Jim Flannery attended Salpointe Catholic High School from 1962-1966. He lettered in basketball and track. He was selected to the “Order of the Lance” his senior year.
Flannery graduated from the University of Arizona in 1973 with a B.S. in Education. He student-taught at Sahuaro High School in 1972 and was hired there in 1973 where he taught P.E. and coached the freshman basketball team under Coach Dick McConnell.
Flannery started coaching and teaching at Salpointe Catholic High School in 1974. He coached the freshman baseball team 1974-1976. He coached freshman football in 1975 and 1986. He was Junior Varsity basketball coach from 1975-1977 with Coach Gary Heintz.
Flannery coached the Varsity basketball team from 1977-1993. During that time his teams won the Regional Championship in 1984, 1991 and 1992. In 1984 he was chosen Arizona Coaches Association AAA South All Star Coach. His team won both games in Tucson and Mesa. He was chosen Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1991 by the Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Citizen. He retired from coaching basketball in 1993 to watch his son play college basketball.
Flannery also coached the Salpointe Catholic Golf Team from 1981 to the present. His teams won the Region Championships in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009. His teams won the State Championship in 1981 and 2004. His team was State Runner-up in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2011. He was selected Coach of the Year in 2003, 2004, 2005 by the Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Citizen. He was Boys’ Coach of the Year in Division II in 2013.
Flannery was inducted into the Salpointe Hall of Fame in 1996 as a Coach/Athlete. His 1981 Golf Team was inducted into the Salpointe Hall of Fame in 2000. His City Championship Basketball Team of 1983 was inducted into the Salpointe Hall of Fame in 2013.
In 1982 Flannery’s Golf Team received the Team Award from the Tucson Conquistadores. He also received the 5A Southern Region Service Award in 1999. He has been privileged to coach many high school and college coaches and professional athletes during his over 40-year career.
Flannery has been married to his wife Eleanor for 45 years. They have two children and three grandchildren. He has been an important part of the tradition and legacy of Salpointe Catholic High School.