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Eastern Kentucky hires women’s soccer coach

Herald-Leader Staff Report

Ohio State University assistant coach Nick Flohre has been named the new women’s soccer coach at Eastern Kentucky University.
Ohio State University assistant coach Nick Flohre has been named the new women’s soccer coach at Eastern Kentucky University.

Eastern Kentucky University secured its second coach from a Power Five conference this week when it named Nick Flohre to run its women’s soccer program on Friday.

Flohre, a native of Dayton Ohio, spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio State of the Big Ten.

On Tuesday, EKU Athletics Director Steve Lochmueller announced the hiring of Tennessee assistant Mark Elder as the Colonels’ new football coach.

“We are blessed that we were able to attract and hire someone of Nick’s caliber,” Lochmueller said in a news release. “Nick has a detailed plan to build a successful program at EKU. He impressed us with his knowledge of the game and his ability to recruit. During the interview process, Nick’s knowledge of our team, our strengths and our weaknesses were very impressive. He had clearly done his homework.”

Flohre replaces Melissa Barnes, who resigned Aug. 4 to pursue opportunities outside of coaching. The Colonels went 5-12-2 in 2013 and 4-14-1 in 2014 under Barnes, then finished 4-14 overall and 4-6 in the Ohio Valley Conference this season under interim coach Andrew Fleming. Not counting Fleming, Flohre becomes the third head coach in the 11-year history of EKU women’s soccer.

“I’m extremely honored to join the Eastern Kentucky University community and athletics department,” Flohre said in the school news release. “I want to thank President Michael Benson and Director of Athletics Steve Lochmueller for having the confidence in me to lead the soccer program and direct it to new heights. The vision these two men have for the Colonel Athletics Department is energizing and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Flohre, an assistant to Lori Walker at Ohio State, helped lead the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and a 13-7-3 finish this fall. Flohre was an assistant at Iowa for two seasons before coming to Ohio State. Flohre played soccer at the University of Indianapolis, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2003. He holds a USSF National “B” coaching license. Before becoming a college assistant, Flohre was a prominent club coach in Ohio.

“Nick is an excellent choice by EKU to become the next head women’s soccer coach.” Ohio State’s Walker said in the release. “Nick’s organized approach to running a team will create a solid foundation and allow any player to learn, develop and thrive. He has a clear vision and progressive method to teaching that will create a unified, cohesive staff. He has excellent contacts in the region to attract new talent and Nick is a competitor who wants to win. EKU will quickly move to the top of the conference under Nick’s leadership. I will miss working with Nick on a daily basis at Ohio State but I am very proud of him for making the leap to begin his own program. The Buckeyes wish him the best.”

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