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Dan Flannery Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Dan Flannery.

Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.

This departure was confirmed through social media posts made by Twitter users who pour out tributes, and condolences to the family of the deceased.

The Iowa Swimming community lost two of its finest this week, and far too soon. Our grief is enormous.

Dan Flannery and Trudy (Henkels) Hancock were accomplished Iowa swimmers in their youth. Trudy swam for Dubuque Wahlert High School and DASH, where she was an Athlete Rep on the club board of directors, an Iowa High School State Champion in the 100 Butterfly, and is an IGHSAU Hall of Fame member.
Dan swam for Urbandale High School, NSST, and DMSF. His times still grace the record boards of many school pools across the state.

Dan’s and Trudy’s paths crossed at Iowa State University, where they represented the Cyclones Men’s and Women’s teams together in the mid-1990s.

After graduation, Dan married his high school sweetheart Jodi, and began his teaching and storied coaching career at Ames High School while they raised their family. While at AHS, Dan coached the Little Cyclones girls to 8 State Championships in 9 years, and led the boys to their first title in 36 years in 2018. During his tenure, 121 of his swimmers earned NISCA all-American honors, 19 swimmers won an individual state title, and 18 state records were broken by an Ames swimmer. He is the recipient of numerous coaching honors, including the 2018 Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union’s Golden Plaque of Distinction Award.
In addition, Dan served as the Head Coach at Ames Golf and Country Club for many years, introducing countless young athletes to the sport for the first time. He also often volunteered at IASI meets as an announcer, serving as the voice – and sometimes DJ – of the meet, creating an exciting atmosphere for swimmers of all levels.

Following college graduation, Trudy married Neil Hancock, and they settled in Des Moines to raise their family.
When her two boys began swimming, Trudy became first a swim mom, then an Official, then a Coach – for RIPtide, then DSM Marlins – and she has not looked back. Her infectious enthusiasm for the sport was evident in all who knew her. Always a positive, competitive spirit, Trudy knew how to motivate, and her pre-race advice, especially for those competing in some of the most grueling events, was well known. Her wisdom and competitive nature left an impression on many, many young athletes. With a high five and a kind heart for every swimmer, in times of success or struggle, her smile and presence will be remembered on deck and off.

Dan is survived by wife Jodi, sons Joe and Tommy, and daughter Leah.
Trudy is survived by husband Neil, and twin sons Joe and Tommy.
Our hearts are broken. We hold these two incredible athletes, parents, coaches, volunteers… friends in our prayers and lift up their families in this time of sorrow. The deck will not be the same.


It is with a heavy heart that we share the loss of Dan Flannery, Swimming ’98 who suffered a brain aneurysm. The impact Dan had on the Ames Community was great because of his passion for swimming and love for teaching. He will be greatly missed.

A celebration of life will be Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11:00am at Cornerstone Church, see link in comments for more information:
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Shocked and saddened by Coach Dan Flannery’s passing. He was a great coach, teacher and friend, and an inspiration for all who knew him. Condolences to past and present Little Cyclone swimmers. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Coach Flannery’s family. #RIPDan

Ames swim coach Dan Flannery died Tuesday at age 44 from a brain aneurysm. It’s not the championships people will remember, it’s his actions. Mike Wittmer, the previous
swim coach, recalls what Flannery did for him at the 2018 trophy celebration. This breaks my heart.

We are still working on getting more details about the death, as family statement on the death is yet to be released.

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