May 27, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Everywhere Jason Flowers has coached or played, he has found success.
Now Flowers is bringing his basketball expertise to Cal State Northridge where he has been named the new women's head basketball coach for the Matadors.
In announcing Flowers' appointment today, CSUN Athletic Director Rick Mazzuto said "Jason Flowers comes to the University with impressive credentials and associations with highly successful programs. I strongly believe he can position our women's basketball team for great success in the future."
Flowers' resume also stresses academics in addition to the team's competitive performance on the court.
"I am truly humbled by the opportunity to lead the Matador basketball program," said Flowers. "I would like to thank Rick (Mazzuto) and the committee for having the confidence to give me such a tremendous responsibility. I'm excited about the challenge and fully aware of the work it will take to build a program that our students, alumni and the entire San Fernando Valley will be proud of."
Flowers helped mold UC Riverside into an exceptional basketball program as an assistant coach the past two seasons. This past season (2009-10), the Highlanders earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament berth following their championship performance at the Big West Tournament. A year earlier, UC Riverside enjoyed a magical season in Flower's coaching debut as an assistant. The Highlanders chalked up 19 wins, a 14-2 league mark (the 14 wins are the most Big West wins in school history), produced the school's first-ever victory over a nationally-ranked Top-25 team, recorded a school record 13-straight wins and earned a berth in the WNIT.
In two seasons at UC Riverside, the Highlanders produced 36 wins, 25 victories in Big West competition, two post-season tournament berths and six all-conference players including the 2009 Big West Conference Player of the Year.
Flowers' responsibilities at UC Riverside included player skill development, scouting and recruiting.
Flowers began his coaching career at Long Beach State where he was an assistant coach for four seasons (2004-05 - 2007-08). While at Long Beach State, Flowers helped coach the 49ers to the 2005-06 Big West Conference championship, and developed eleven players into all-conference performers including the 2006 Big West Conference Player of the Year. His duties included player skill development, recruiting, and supervising team and individual camps.
Flower's head coaching experience began at Valley High School in Santa Ana where served as the head coach of the girls basketball program (2003-04).
Academic success has played a pivotal role in the coaching resume of Jason Flowers. As a coach at Long Beach State, Flowers recruited a second team Academic All-American, the team recorded its highest team GPA in the program's history, and every player who completed their eligibility at the University graduated. As a player, Flowers was a Big West Scholar-Athlete in 1999 at UC Irvine, the 2000 recipient of the Coaches vs Cancer Scholar-Athlete Award, and in 2001, the UCLA Alumni Association Academic Award winner while a member of the Bruins basketball team. Following his graduation with a Sociology degree at UCLA in 2001, Flowers served as the team's academic coordinator from 2001-03 as well as a volunteer assistant coach with the Bruins.
"We will strive to graduate every player who becomes a Matador," stated Flowers. "Building a successful program revolves around preparing our student-athletes for life after Cal State Northridge, which starts with a college degree. We will expect our players to give the same effort in the classroom as we demand on the court."
Community participation also is an important ingredient in Flower's successful coaching strategy. Flowers has been a speaker at various booster groups, planned and organized fundraising and community activities and has been a director and commissioner at various basketball camps. While at Long Beach State, Flower served as a liaison between the coaching staff and the Fast Break Booster Club. Flowers is also a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and the Black Coaches and Administrators.
"Our initial goal will be to establish a work ethic that will allow us to improve each day," said Flowers. "We will work to control the things we can - our effort and our attitude - and the scoreboard will take care of itself."
As a player, Flowers played one season at UCLA (2000-01, NCAA "Sweet 16") and two seasons at UC Irvine (1997-98, 1998-99).
For his team play at UCLA, Flowers was awarded the Ducky Drake Memorial Award for inspiration and team play.
Flowers played in 47 games (21 as a starter) in two seasons at UC Irvine (1997-98. 1998-99). His best games included a 25-point effort against Long Beach State and eight rebounds against New Mexico State in 1997-98. The following year (1998-99), Flowers tallied a career-high six assists against Cal State Fullerton and a career-high five steals against North Texas. Also in 1998-99, Flowers shot .472 from three-point territory.
Flowers' roots in Southern California are strong. Flowers graduated from Bellflower High School (Bellflower, Ca) where he averaged 12.4 points and 6.5 assists in helping his team to a 21-5 record during his senior campaign. His efforts landed him a spot on the All-Suburban League first team. Flowers also played baseball where he also gained all-league honors.
Flower's coaching strength runs through the family. Flowers is married to Tairia Flowers, an assistant softball coach at Long Beach State. Tairia was a member of the United States National Team (2001-08), won a gold medal as a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic softball team in Athens (Greece) and a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games. The couple has one daughter - Jasmine, and one son, Jayce, who was born on April 26.
"Our fans can expect to see a team that will play hard every second of every game," said Flowers. "We will be fun to watch because of our up tempo offensive style and tough to play against because of our defensive toughness."