COLORADO SPRINGS – Setter Jen Flynn, who helped guide the USA women’s national volleyball team to a silver medal at the 2002 World Championships in Germany, has retired from the sport effective immediately.
“I just decided that I needed a change,” admitted Flynn. “I am ready to move on in my life, and volleyball is not a part of that.”
Flynn (Pittsburgh, Pa./Ohio State) joined the national team last summer after being a part of the United States Professional Volleyball league (USPV) for three seasons. In her last season with the USPV she was the starting setter for the Grand Rapids Force in Michigan.
She started 10 of 11 matches at the World Championships for the United States and averaged 9.59 assists per set to finish sixth among all setters in that category. The USA’s only loss came against Italy in the gold-medal match, 3-2.
“I am disappointed that Jen has decided to leave,” said Team USA Head Coach Toshi Yoshida. “She did a great job for us at the World Championships last year and I expected her to be even better this year.
“I can understand her wanting to move on, and I respect her decision,” he added. “I wish her the best of luck.”
Flynn recently became engaged to be married and is planning to move back to Michigan while her fiancé pursues his master’s degree. She has a bachelor’s degree in education (sports and leisure studies) from The Ohio State University and would eventually like to become a college volleyball coach.
“I have a lot of memories that I will never forget and I have made a lot of great friends,” said Flynn of her national team experience. “It’s been good.
“It was definitely tough to make the decision to leave the sport that you love,” she added. “But I wasn’t playing to the level that I wanted. So I decided that it was time to hang them up.”