Fort Mill Times

Nation Ford promotes JV coach Flynn to lead boys’ varsity soccer

Nation Ford High School wasted no time in getting a new head boys soccer coach after Elton Ramey stepped down after the end of the season.

The Falcons have promoted junior varsity head coach Jim Flynn to the varsity level. Flynn has been with the JV program for the past two seasons.

“I think it’s a talented group of players with a lot of potential,” he said. “I think it is a good opportunity for me.”

Ramey, who has been head varsity coach for the Falcons’ for the past six years, will be moving to either Columbia or the Charleston area due to his wife’s job.

“Jim is going to be a very good coach,” Ramey said. “He is good with young players. He is going to have a hard time picking a team.”

Ramey said the incoming players for Nation Ford are both young and talented, leaving the task of selecting a team a difficult one.

Flynn played soccer growing up in New Jersey, was part of the Olympic Development Program and played at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J. He moved with his family from Illinois to the Fort Mill area eight years ago and has coached locally for the past five years, including three years with the Palmetto United Futbol Club.

Nation Ford Athletic Director Brian Turner said Flynn was a good fit.

“He had done a good job here and has a good rapport with the players,” Turner said.

Nation Ford lost two players to graduation off a team that finished 7-13-0 and made the playoffs.

“I am excited about the prospects for the future of the team,” Flynn said. “I am looking to provide some organization and direction, (and) just having them together and getting them on the same page each year.”