The rivalry between the athletic programs at Beverly and Salem High is one of the fiercest in the state. And with her recent hire, Allison Flynn has stoked the fire in the competition a bit more.
A 2001 Salem High graduate who was a Globe All-Scholastic on the court for the Witches, Flynn is the new varsity girls’ basketball coach at Beverly, relinquishing her broom and hat for Panther garb.
“It was always us and Beverly fighting for the conference championship,” recalled Flynn, now 30, who was a three-time Northeastern Conference champion at Salem.
A Manchester, N.H., resident, Flynn was one of 25 applicants for the coaching position, but she made quite on an impression on the four-person hiring committee, according to Beverly High athletic director James Coffey. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.