Swimmer Dan Flannery of Ames Iowa has died, according to a statement posted online on Jul. 22, 2020.
We learned of the deceased through the following tribute posted on social media.,
Iowa Swimming Inc wrote
The Iowa Swimming community lost two of its finest this week, and far too soon. Our grief is enormous.
Dan Flannery and Trudy (Henkels) Hancock were accomplished Iowa swimmers in their youth. Trudy swam for Dubuque Wahlert High School and DASH, where she was an Athlete Rep on the club board of directors, an Iowa High School State Champion in the 100 Butterfly, and is an IGHSAU Hall of Fame member.
Dan swam for Urbandale High School, NSST, and DMSF. His times still grace the record boards of many school pools across the state.
Dan’s and Trudy’s paths crossed at Iowa State University, where they represented the Cyclones Men’s and Women’s teams together in the mid-1990s.
After graduation, Dan married his high school sweetheart Jodi, and began his teaching and storied coaching career at Ames High School while they raised their family. While at AHS, Dan coached the Little Cyclones girls to 8 State Championships in 9 years, and led the boys to their first title in 36 years in 2018.
During his tenure, 121 of his swimmers earned NISCA all-American honors, 19 swimmers won an individual state title, and 18 state records were broken by an Ames swimmer. He is the recipient of numerous coaching honors, including the 2018 Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union’s Golden Plaque of Distinction Award.
In addition, Dan served as the Head Coach at Ames Golf and Country Club for many years, introducing countless young athletes to the sport for the first time. He also often volunteered at IASI meets as an announcer, serving as the voice – and sometimes DJ – of the meet, creating an exciting atmosphere for swimmers of all levels.
Following college graduation, Trudy married Neil Hancock, and they settled in Des Moines to raise their family.
When her two boys began swimming, Trudy became first a swim mom, then an Official, then a Coach – for RIPtide, then DSM Marlins – and she has not looked back. Her infectious enthusiasm for the sport was evident in all who knew her.
Always a positive, competitive spirit, Trudy knew how to motivate, and her pre-race advice, especially for those competing in some of the most grueling events, was well known. Her wisdom and competitive nature left an impression on many, many young athletes. With a high five and a kind heart for every swimmer, in times of success or struggle, her smile and presence will be remembered on deck and off.
Dan is survived by wife Jodi, sons Joe and Tommy, and daughter Leah.
Trudy is survived by husband Neil, and twin sons Joe and Tommy.
Our hearts are broken. We hold these two incredible athletes, parents, coaches, volunteers… friends in our prayers and lift up their families in this time of sorrow. The deck will not be the same.
Please share your memories of Dan and Trudy in the comments.
Cause of Death.
We have no information at the moment on of caused death . This post will be updated as soon as we have that information.
The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
Patti Jurgensen wrote
Two great coaches, two great legends, peace and prayers, deepest sympathies to all.
Sara Ulses Brinker wrote
Such an absolutely beautiful post and tribute to two great people. Many prayers are being said for them and for their families.
Alyx Nugent wrote
I had the privilege of breaking Trudy’s 200 freestyle record at Wahlert in 2009. She came back to congratulate me and celebrate. She was inspiring! My thoughts are with everyone mourning ♥️
Lorie Duclos wrote
Thoughts and Prayers of comfort for their families and friends
Ramsey Vens wrote
Thoughts and prayers go out to all of their families, swimmers and fellow coaches during this difficult time. Sad day for the entire swim community.