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Ryan Flanagan

School

University of North Carolina

Position
Defense
Major
Business Administration
G
3
A
2
PTS
5
GB
44

Classroom

Flanagan, who maintains a 3.3 GPA in business administration, has made the Atlantic Coast Conference academic honor roll the past three years. He’s also a three-time Dean’s List selection.

Character

Flanagan enters his senior season as a team co-captain. Last year he was a semifinalist for the John Wooden Citizenship Cup and he’s a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda national leadership and honors organization. Flanagan spent last summer as a global markets summer analyst for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York City, and in the summer prior to his junior year he was a field sports intern for Nike, Inc. in Syracuse, N.Y. He’s also active in Carolina Leadership Academy as a Veteran Leader in 2009-10 and 2010-11 and a Rising Star in 2008-09.

Community

Flanagan spent the 2010 fall semester volunteering with Fields of Growth International in southwest Uganda helping build a school, athletic fields and start a poultry project in a small rural village. He has organized the Susan G. Komen Foundation tennis tournament in Chapel Hill and worked with Carolina Dreams, the 2nd and 7th grade school reading foundation and the Chapel Hill Ronald McDonald House. Flanagan has volunteered at clinics around the country with proceeds going to foundations that work for breast cancer research and help those suffering from depression, and he also founded a pen pal project with young Africans who have an interest in lacrosse.

Competition

After his junior season, Flanagan was the co-winner of the Schmeisser Memorial Cup as the nation’s top defenseman. He was also a candidate for the Tewaaraton Trophy, a first-team United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association all-American and a first-team All-ACC selection. For the second straight year Flanagan was honored as North Carolina’s defensive MVP after leading the Tar Heels in caused turnovers (36) and ranking second in ground balls (60).