Dan Flannery Death – Dead: Dan Flannery Obituary, Cause of Death | Longtime Ames High teacher and storied Ames High Swim Coach Dan Flannery has passed away.
The Ames Community School District family and community mourns the passing of longtime Ames High teacher and storied Ames High Swim Coach Dan Flannery, who passed away Tuesday morning. Dan had an incredible passion for Ames High in the classroom and coaching in the pool. It cannot be overstated how much he will be missed by this community.
Flannery is survived by his wife, Jodi, and his children.
During his time with the school district, Flannery won multiple state titles with the Ames girls swim team and a title with the boys swim team.
In 2018, Flannery received the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union’s Golden Plaque of Distinction Award.
According to Johnston, Flannery swam at Iowa State and was deeply connected to swim world and the Iowa High School Swim Coaches Association.
In addition to coaching, Flannery worked with students in Ames’ Alternative Learning Program.
Johnston called Flannery’s death a “devastating, horrible loss” to the district and community.
“Dan has an incredible passion for Ames High and built our swim program into something magical. I am incredibly saddened for his wife, children, and family, and our Ames High community” Johnston said in a statement. “His passing creates an incredible void across the swim community that will be felt for a long time. He was an incredible coach, but more importantly, an amazing person.”
A statement from the Ames Community School District superintendent Jenny Risner said, in part, “Dan was Ames High Pride. He loved our students, our high school, and our community. This is a huge loss for not only our school community, but the swimming community in Ames and across Iowa.”
According to the school district, counselors will be available at Ames High School Tuesday from 1o a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
The school district said it assembled a team of counselors, therapists, and licensed mental health providers to help anyone who needs support following Flannery’s death.