August 29, 2012

Flowers Grateful for USA Softball Junior Women's National Team Appointment

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- 

Already with a busy slate, Cal State Northridge softball head coach Tairia Flowers just got busier.

The third-year Matador head coach has been named the head coach of the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team that will compete for the International Softball Federation Junior Women's World Championship in 2013, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced.

A former member of the squad, Flowers will lead Team USA at the World Championships in Brampton, Ontario, Canada from July 1-7, 2013. Team USA is hoping to win its third-straight ISF Junior Women's World Championship.

"It's always good to be busy and I am fortunate and blessed to continue to be a part of Team USA," Flowers said. "My family and those around me are so supportive and really enable me to have a role with the national team. Whether it's my husband sacrificing time during his own summer recruiting or my parents traveling to help babysit Jayce, I could not be where I am without their love and support."

Flowers has spent the past two summers as an assistant coach to Ken Eriksen on the Team USA Softball Women's National Team. She was a part of squads that won gold at the 2011 Pan American games and a silver at the 2012 ISF Women's World Championship.

Flowers expects a seamless transition from assistant to head coach, one made easier by her own experiences.

"I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best coaches in the world through my involvement with Team USA and I look forward to learning and working with a new group of coaches in this experience," she added. 

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.

"I am so delighted that Coach Flowers has been named head coach for our country's Junior National Team," CSUN Director of Athletics Rick Mazzuto said. "It will be a great opportunity for Tairia and will certainly help project the University's softball program to a national audience."

Flowers and the Matadors begin fall practice shortly and will play several fall exhibitions before starting the official season in February of 2013.

Portions of this release courtesy of USA Softball