Paul Flinchbaugh was named the first head Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Coach in Berry College history in October, 2008. In addition to his responsibilities leading the Berry Swimming and Diving program, Flinchbaugh also serves as the Aquatics Coordinator for Berry's Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center.
Flinchbaugh's swimmers have landed the squads on the CSCAA Scholar All-America teams during each semester of the program's existence for the women's squad while the men have earned the honor six times. In addition, he coached Haley Brown to an All-American honorable mention honor, and Sarah Pierce, Brooke Boyd and Haley Brown a Scholar All-American distinctions in 2018.
He was selected as the SAA's Coach of the Year for the men's team in 2015-16 season and won the honor for the women's team in 2017-18. He has also coached 71 combined All-Conference swimmers and 99 SAA Academic Honor Roll honorees.
Flinchbaugh was charged with the task of building the Vikings' Swimming and Diving programs from the ground up. The teams' first season came in the 2009-10 academic year, and since that start the team has grown in size and reputation.
Both men's and women's teams have competed in the Appalachian Swim Conference. The women's team finished ninth or better each of the three years. The Men's team finished ninth or better each year also producing three individual conference champions in the ASC.
Flinchbaugh joined the Berry staff after many years working in aquatics both at the collegiate level, as well as within public education. Most recently, he served as the aquatics coordinator for the Albany, Ga. YMCA and the Aquatics Facility Director for the City of Panama City Beach, Fla..
In addition to his work in the field of aquatics, Flinchbaugh also has an extensive coaching background. His greatest efforts before Berry were at Darton College.
Flinchbaugh took the Albany, Ga., based junior college from having one swimmer for both the men's and women's program, to a top-five ranking in the NJCAA in both 2004 and 2005. He coached a national championship-winning 400 medley relay team and helped a total of 13 swimmers earn CSCAA All-American honors, along with nine All-American relays.
Flinchbaugh previously spent nine years coaching at both the NCAA Division III level as the head diving coach for Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. from 1993-2003. He produced multiple NCAA All-Americans and national champions on the one and three meter springboard events. While serving as the head diving coach at Hamilton, Flinchbaugh also coached diving for the New Hartford High School boy's and girl's swim teams, and operated a successful United States Diving club.
Flinchbaugh attended the State University of New York at Cortland. There he earned both a Bachelor's and Master's degree of Science in Education; Physical Education. In addition to teaching several classes at Berry, he also taught at Darton College and other public schools.
Coach Flinchbaugh is married to Stephanie Flinchbaugh. They have three daughters: Cora, Jessica and Nicole. The immediate family resides in Rome.