FLOWERS TO COACH 2013 JR WORLD
Flowers named head coach for 2013 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today the selection of Tairia Flowers (Tucson, Ariz./ head coach at Cal State Northridge) as the head coach of the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team that will compete in Brampton, Ontario, Canada July 1-7, 2013 for the ISF (International Softball Federation) Junior Women’s World Championship (19-Under).
“I’m very excited to stay in the USA program,” said Flowers. “I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to play on the Junior Women’s National Team. The coaches and those involved in the program have had a huge impact on my life and I hope to share the knowledge that I’ve learned with the new USA softball generation.
Flowers, who was an outstanding collegiate player during her years at UCLA and an Olympic gold and silver medal winner for Team USA, recently finished her second season as an assistant coach with the USA Softball Women’s National Team. Flowers was a member of coaching staffs that lead Team USA to the 2011 Pan American Games gold medal in Guadalajara, Mexico and a silver medal at the 2012 ISF Women’s World Championship this past July in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.
As a player on the USA Women’s National Team, Flowers helped the United States to a perfect record and the gold medal in the Athens Olympics in 2004, and to a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She also won gold medals at the 2002 and 2006 ISF Women’s World Championships, the 2003 and 2007 Pan-American Games, and the 2001 U.S. Cup.
Flowers recently completed her second full season as the head coach at Cal State Northridge. Prior to her duties at Northridge, she spent four seasons (2007-10) as an assistant coach at Long Beach State. She is married to Cal State University Northridge women’s basketball head coach Jason Flowers. The couple has two children, daughter Jasmine and son Jayce.
“All of us at ASA/USA Softball are thrilled that Tairia will be at the helm of our Junior Women’s National Team at the ISF World Championships in 2013,” said ASA and USA Softball Executive Director Ron Radigonda. “Her skills as a coach and a former player will translate into improving the skills of our current players and her team-first attitude will impart positive energy with our players as they start their careers with Team USA.”
SPY Note: The ASA press release did not say how or when the Junior World team will be chosen. A previously announced plan to select only players who participated in Gold nationals or other ASA tournaments may no longer be operative in the form originally announced. Spy has asked ASA for clarification.