Former Lamar player Jon Flanagan is in his 11th season as a volunteer assistant with the Lady Cardinals tennis team.
In 2002, Lamar head coach David Coach Wong invited Flanigan to work with his teams as a volunteer assistant. It seems that being a part of a team that is steadily improving year after year is hard to leave, especially when you factor in the winning attitude of the Lady Cardinals.
Flanagan started teaching tennis in the Beaumont Parks and Recreation summer program for three years while in high school. After completing his marketing degree in 1975, he began teaching at the Beaumont Country Club, specializing in junior players. His students included numerous state ranked players, two No. 1 state-ranked players as well as one that was ranked 16th nationally. In 1979 he went to work for the Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. and is currently the manager for the main branch in Beaumont.
Flanagan grew up in Beaumont, a member of a prominent tennis family, parents Floyd and Sue as well as brother Kurt and sister Susan were all top ranked local players. He was fortunate to be a scholarship player for Lamar under coach Ron Wesbrooks from 1972-1975, a team that won three consecutive Southland Conference titles.
Flanagan currently resides in Lumberton, Texas, with his wife of more than 30 years, Melinda. Flanagan has two sons Nicholas and Justin and one granddaughter, Kayla.