Shannon Flowers enters his 13th year as an assistant coach with the UMBC Menís and Womenís track & field programs. Flowers began his coaching career as a volunteer hurdle coach alongside Bobb as they embarked on their inaugural season in 1998.
As a collegiate competing for Lincoln University, Flowers earned 10 Division III All-America honors in the 110m hurdles and the 400m intermediate hurdles. He is a former NCAA indoor champion in the 55m hurdles and NCAA outdoor champion in the 110m hurdles. Flowers still holds the 110m hurdles NCAA Division III outdoor record (13.86) which has stood since 1993.
Flowersí post-collegiate career included numerous USATF Indoor and Outdoor national championship appearances with the highlight being a provisional qualification in the 110m hurdles for the 1996 USA Olympic trials.
In 2001, Flowers became an official assistant coach working with the men and women hurdlers. He enjoyed some success with this event group but with the expanding team size and his knowledge base, Bobb felt that he was capable of bringing more to the table. In 2006, Bobb expanded his responsibilities to include the menís and womenís horizontal jumpers. Bobb turned to Flowers once again in 2009 when he expanded his event group to also include the menís and womenís long sprinters.
ďI am impressed with his (Flowers) dedication and his ability to connect with athletes. He has been my right-hand man for the past 12 years and I could not have done what Iíve done without him. He has been an integral part in building the program to its current statusĒ says Bobb.
In his tenure at UMBC, coach Flowers has coached 5 conference champions, 13 IC4A/ECAC qualifiers and one regional qualifier. In addition, Flowers has coached 10 current retriever school record holders in the short hurdles, long hurdles, long sprints and horizontal jumps.
The Baltimore, Maryland native earned his bachelorís degree in health Science from Lincoln University, Pa. in 1993 and his masterís degree in special education from Coppin State University in 2003. Flowers currently teaches special education students in the Montgomery County Public School System.