David J. S. Flaschen ’77
Year Inducted: 2009
David Flaschen ’77 was an integral member of some of the finest soccer teams that Brown has ever produced, leading the 1975 and 1976 squads to the NCAA Tournament, including a Final Four berth in 1975. After a terrific collegiate career, Flaschen then went on to play professionally, one of only a handful of Brown players in the program’s history to do so.
After sharing the backup goalkeeping duties during his freshman season, Flaschen showed off his versatility by moving down to the junior varsity team as a sophomore so that he could play in the field.
Flaschen won the starting job in net during his junior season, and had an outstanding year, recording six shutouts and allowing only 16 goals in 17 games. In those 17 games, he had an impressive 91 saves, good for an .850 save percentage, as the Bears marched to a 12-3-2 overall record and tied for first in the Ivy League at 5-2.
Courtesy of the outstanding regular season, Brown earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament, where Flaschen and the team truly caught fire. After marching to the Final Four, they lost a heartbreaking 2-1 triple-overtime contest to the University of San Francisco, the eventual national champions. The following day, Flaschen shut out Howard University to give Brown a third-place finish.
As a senior, Flaschen continued his stellar play, posting an 8-1-1 record while recording 74 saves. Once again he was nearly impossible to score on, allowing just eight goals in eleven games. The Bears went 7-0 record in league play, won the Ivy League title, and once again qualified for postseason competition. However, Connecticut knocked off Bruno in the NCAA New England Finals in a hard-fought 1-0 game.
Flaschen was a First Team All-Ivy and Second Team All-New England selection. He was the first Brown player to be a first round draft choice, when he was drafted by the Chicago Sting of the North American Soccer League (NASL). Flaschen played for the Sting for several years and was one of the founding members of the Executive Committee of the NASL Players Association.
After his retirement from soccer, Flaschen attended Wharton Business School. Upon his graduation, he worked his way up to the position of President and CEO of Thomson Financial, an information services company focused on the financial industry. He currently works at Castanea Partners as an operating partner and resides in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts with his wife, Deborah, and daughter, Katherine, who will graduate from Brown in 2011.