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Luke Flockerzi

Flockerzi Named AFLAC Assistant Coach of the Year by Scholastic Coach & Athletic Director Magazine

April 22, 2003

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College men’s basketball and softball assistant Luke Flockerzi has been named a winner of the Second-Annual AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year Award, as chosen by Scholastic Coach & Athletic Director Magazine. Flockerzi was selected from a field of more than 350,000 assistant coaches across the nation and is the only collegiate winner from the state of Massachusetts. Selections were based on nominations from head coaches, athletics administrators and past and current student-athletes.

“Luke is a terrific young coach with great potential,” says Amherst athletic director Peter Gooding. “His strengths are not only his personality and his ability to motivate student-athletes, but also his versatility. He has broad knowledge of many sports and is destined to be a great success in whichever coaching endeavor he chooses.”

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Flockerzi came to Amherst two years ago as a volunteer assistant coach with the men’s basketball program, while completing a master's degree in sport management at nearby UMass Amherst. He made an immediate impact, helping lead the Jeffs to a school-record 22 wins, a second consecutive NESCAC Championship and their first trip to the NCAA Sectionals (Round of 16) since 1994. At the same time, Flockerzi gained valuable experience in the equipment room, volunteered in sports information, worked on special projects with the athletic director and associate athletic director and performed countless other duties. He has brought fresh ideas to the basketball program, having been a two-year captain on the men’s basketball team at Division III Grinnell (IA) College, which shattered a number of NCAA scoring records during his playing career, including single-season scoring average (118.2 points per game in 2000-01) and most games with 100 or more points (20 - also in 2000-01).

As an undergrad at Grinnell, Flockerzi displayed the initiative he would later exhibit at Amherst, serving as the director of intramural sports from 1999 to 2001 and gaining election as president of the student-athlete advisory and student evaluation policy committees. His duties have expanded during his second year at Amherst. He now serves as an assistant coach for the softball team, while the basketball team posted a school record 24-win season and earned a fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the national quarterfinals.