David J. S. Flaschen ’77
Year Inducted: 2009
David Flaschen ’77 was an integral member of some of thefinest soccer teams that Brown has ever produced, leading the 1975and 1976 squads to the NCAA Tournament, including a Final Fourberth in 1975. After a terrific collegiate career, Flaschenthen went on to play professionally, one of only a handful of Brownplayers in the program’s history to do so.
After sharing the backup goalkeeping duties during his freshmanseason, Flaschen showed off his versatility by moving down to thejunior varsity team as a sophomore so that he could play in thefield.
Flaschen won the starting job in net during his junior season,and had an outstanding year, recording six shutouts and allowingonly 16 goals in 17 games. In those 17 games, he had an impressive91 saves, good for an .850 save percentage, as the Bears marched toa 12-3-2 overall record and tied for first in the Ivy League at5-2.
Courtesy of the outstanding regular season, Brown earned a berthin the NCAA Tournament, where Flaschen and the team truly caughtfire. After marching to the Final Four, they lost aheartbreaking 2-1 triple-overtime contest to the University of SanFrancisco, the eventual national champions. The following day,Flaschen shut out Howard University to give Brown a third-placefinish.
As a senior, Flaschen continued his stellar play, posting an8-1-1 record while recording 74 saves. Once again he wasnearly impossible to score on, allowing just eight goals in elevengames. The Bears went 7-0 record in league play, won the Ivy Leaguetitle, and once again qualified for postseason competition. However, Connecticut knocked off Bruno in the NCAA New EnglandFinals in a hard-fought 1-0 game.
Flaschen was a First Team All-Ivy and Second Team All-NewEngland selection. He was the first Brown player to be afirst round draft choice, when he was drafted by the Chicago Stingof the North American Soccer League (NASL). Flaschen played for theSting for several years and was one of the founding members of theExecutive Committee of the NASL Players Association.
After his retirement from soccer, Flaschen attended WhartonBusiness School. Upon his graduation, he worked his way up tothe position of President and CEO of Thomson Financial, aninformation services company focused on the financialindustry. He currently works at Castanea Partners as anoperating partner and resides in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts withhis wife, Deborah, and daughter, Katherine, who will graduate fromBrown in 2011.