A coach with more than 25 years of experience, Flaherty was the Chicago Bears' tight ends coach the past three seasons. Under Flaherty, the group was instrumental in helping Anthony Thomas twice rush for more than 1,000 yards, including 1,024 yards last season. In addition, Chicago's tight ends played a bigger role in the team's passing attack under Flaherty. In 2003, Desmond Clark caught 44 passes, the third-highest total on the Bears.
"Pat is a coach who has spent his whole career preparing for this opportunity," new Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "He has worked for and with some outstanding coaches - Joe Paterno, Dick Anderson, Norv Turner, Russ Grimm. Dick Jauron talked at length at how prepared Pat is from a detail standpoint. He is an intelligent and highly energetic person."
Said Paterno, "Pat Flaherty is a smart, hard working coach, a great teacher, and he is very, very thorough."
In 2000, Flaherty coached the Washington Redskins' tight ends and helped Stephen Alexander earn an invitation to the Pro Bowl. Alexander was third on the Redskins that season with 47 catches.
"Pat is a high energy, aggressive, intelligent guy, and he's a good coach," said Russ Grimm, assistant head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who worked with Flaherty during the 2000 season in Washington. "His style is to get the job done. He can be an in-your-face guy if that is what the situation calls for, and he can be your best buddy if that's what is needed. The bottom line is that he will do whatever needs to be done to be successful. He knows how to find the hot buttons with players and he'll push them."
The 47-year old Flaherty coached in the college ranks from 1980-99. He began with a two-year stint coaching the offensive line at East Stroudsburg University, his alma mater. He joined the staff at Penn State in 1982, a season in which the Nittany Lions defeated Georgia in the Sugar Bowl to win the national championship. After two seasons at Penn State, Flaherty moved to Rutgers, where he coached the offensive line for eight years.
Flaherty spent the 1992 season coaching the defensive line at East Carolina. From 1993-98 he was on the staff at Wake Forest, where he coached the offensive line, tight ends and special teams. In 1999, he coached tight ends and special teams and was in charge of recruiting at the University of Iowa.
Flaherty was an All-America center at East Stroudsburg. He and his wife, Lynne, have two children, Shawn and Colleen. Flaherty was born on April 27, 1956.
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