Eric Flannery, head coach at St. Edward High School in Cleveland, Ohio, will be an assistant coach for the 2022 USA Men's U17 World Cup Team that will compete in the 2022 FIBA U17 World Cup in Malaga, Spain. Flannery served as an assistant for the 2021 USA Men's U16 National Team, helping the team to a 6-0 record and gold medal at the 2021 FIBA Americas U16 Men's Championship.
Previously, he has been an assistant coach for the 2019 USA Men's U16 National Team and for the 2016 USA Junior National Select Team that played in the 19th annual Nike Hoop Summit, a head coach for the 2015 USA Junior National Select Team that took the court in the 18th annual Nike Hoop Summit and a gold-medal winning assistant coach for the 2014 USA Basketball Men's U17 World Cup Team and 2013 USA Men's U16 National Team.
Additionally, Flannery served as a court coach at several junior national team minicamps dating back to 2012 and, in 2010, was head coach for the USA Youth Olympic Games Team.
He was a long-time member of the USA Basketball Developmental National Team Committee (2001-12 and 2017-18), which is responsible for selecting athletes and coaches for USA teams competing in FIBA Americas U16 Championships, FIBA U17 World Cups and the Nike Hoop Summit.
He recently completed his 26th season (1996-97 to present) with the St. Edward Eagles and has compiled a 502-148 (.772) overall record.
In 2020-21, the Eagles finished 15-5 and reached the state tournament D1 regional semifinals. In 2019-20, Flannery and his team went 25-1 and reached the state tournament D1 regional finals before the tournament was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2018-19, the Eagles finished 19-9 overall and are have advanced into the Ohio High School Athletic Association boys basketball state tournament.
Flannery capped his 2014-15 campaign at 21-16 and reached the state semifinals.
Winning his first Ohio Division I state title in 1998, Flannery has led St. Edward to nine appearances in the state tournament final four and to the state title game in 2008.
In 2009-10, he led St. Edward to the regional final (state quarterfinal) and a 20-4 record. He followed that up with another regional final and an 18-6 mark in 2010-11.
Flannery has helped more than 15 former players reach the NCAA Division I basketball ranks and has coached three NBA Draft picks.
Three times Flannery has been honored as the Cleveland Plain Dealer Coach of the Year (1997, 2007 and 2008), and he was recognized as the 2007 Associated Press Ohio Coach of the Year.
Additionally, Flannery was an assistant coach in the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic and was head coach of the victorious West Team in the 2010 McDonald’s All-American Game.
He graduated from St. Edward High School and immediately became an assistant coach for his alma mater. He served in that role for five years while attending Cleveland State University and was promoted to head coach upon graduation.
Flannery resides in Westlake, Ohio, with his wife Lori, sons Sean and PJ, and daughters Grace and Abigail.