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Big Timber's Nels Flanagan joins MSU Billings track and field staff

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Posted at 11:54 AM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 14:35:37-05

(Editor's note: MSUB Athletics release)

BILLINGS - Former all-region thrower Nels Flanagan will return to his alma mater as an assistant coach on the Montana State University Billings track and field team this spring, announced head coach Jon Woehl on Monday.

One of the top throwers in the history of the program, Flanagan will work specifically with the Yellowjackets’ men’s and women’s throwers in his role on the staff.

“It’s great to have Nels back at MSUB,” said Woehl. “He will do a great job helping our throwers improve and setting them up to succeed. We are all looking forward to watching our team compete next semester.”

Flanagan is MSUB’s record holder in the indoor track and field weight throw at 58 feet, 8 inches and in the outdoor hammer throw at 174-4.5. He earned all-conference and all-region honors as a senior in 2018, after placing third in the weight throw at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Indoor Championships.

“I am so excited to pass on some of my knowledge of throwing now as a coach at MSUB,” said Flanagan. “Being a thrower on the track team was such a great opportunity, and I am glad to be able to continue as a coach with the program.”

A four-year competitor on the track and field team, Flanagan steadily progressed into record-breaking form and earned a GNAC Athlete of the Week award along the way. Flanagan was selected to the MSUB track & field all-decade team, released earlier this fall.

The Big Timber native joins a coaching staff that features two other alumni in Dillon Gongliewski (’18) and Mary Owen (’14).