Lincoln University hires new football coach

Ramon Flanigan has been named the new head football coach at Lincoln University. — PHOTO/LINCOLN ATHLETICS

Ramon Flanigan, former Division I offensive coordinator for Mississippi Valley State, has been named the new head football coach at Lincoln University. Flanigan replaces coach Olabanija (O.J.) Abanishe after five seasons as the Lions’ second head coach in its NCAA Division II era.

“I’m excited for multiple reasons,” Flanigan said. “First, this is a place where you can be successful. Also to have an opportunity to be a head football coach. I’m just 38 years old. I’m very humble, honestly, because a lot of guys been in the business a long time and didn’t get the opportunity. I’m going to enjoy the journey. There’s a lot of hard work to do. But I’m going to enjoy the journey and the process.”

Flanigan comes to Lincoln from MVSU and the University of North Texas as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He has also assisted with academic and other administrative duties, and worked three years for the Delta Devils football program under head coach Karl Morgan. Prior to his stint at MVSU, he spent the 2008 season as the wide receivers’ coach at Prestonwood Christian Academy and was the quarterbacks’ coach at Galveston Ball High School in 2009.

Before he gained plenty of coaching experience at the scholastic level, he spent eight years as an assistant coach at the University of North Texas — five as the program’s offensive coordinator. He helped the Mean Green put together 3,699 total yards, at the time the highest total since 1994. In the second year, he improved the offense to 4,257 total yards of offense and a scoring average of 27.5 points per game, which was also the best for North Texas since 1994. During the 2005 season, Flanigan’s offense posted more than 4,000 total yards of offense for the second time in school history. While serving as offensive coordinator under then-head coach Darrell Dickey, North Texas won four consecutive Sun Belt Conference championships and made four postseason bowl appearances.

Lincoln is a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The CIAA is one of the best Division II conferences in the country. In addition, Lincoln battles arch-rival Cheyney University in what is called the “Battle of the Firsts.” This football classic features the two oldest Black colleges in the country each year.


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