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September 2, 2016

Welcome to the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Athletes at RIT website! This is the home website for the newly founded NTID Athlete Development Program.

My name is Skip Flanagan, and I’m the new NTID Athlete Development Program Coordinator. I wear many different hats in this role, but my priority is to create an inclusive environment for all deaf and hard-of-hearing student athletes to thrive at the varsity level. In addition, for the lack of better description, I “coach” the coaches on how to coach deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes.

I have been very fortunate to be given the opportunity to play collegiate baseball for the Tigers here, and my journey through the world of intercollegiate athletics led me to this role. I played four years of baseball here, co-captained the team my senior year, and then played a season of professional baseball with the Old Orchard Beach Surge of the North Country Baseball League.

When I returned to campus for my fifth year, I began to work part-time as the NTID Student-Athlete Liaison. Upon graduation, the position became a full-time one, I realized this was what I wanted, I felt the deep need to give back, provide guidance for all deaf and hard-of-hearing student athletes everywhere.

I wanted to improve my education and skillset in order to make a greater impact, so I am currently taking graduate courses from the University of Washington’s Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership program while working in this position. This position allows me to apply my advanced education and play a positive role in improving the student-athlete experience for everyone while creating inclusive environments among athletic programs here at RIT.

I have a few big and exciting projects in the works, and I will be explaining a few of them in the near future. I will be posting new content on this webpage once a week! Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions, comments, suggestions or concerns. I’m here to help you all embark on your journey through the athletic world.