In his first season as EKU's head coach, Nick Flohre led the Colonels to the largest turnaround in the NCAA.
Flohre inherited a team that went 4-14 and missed out on the OVC Tournament for the third straight year in 2015. The Colonels were picked in the 2016 preseason to finish 10th out of 11 teams in the OVC. Under Flohre's leadership, however, Eastern won a school-record eight straight games early in the season (a winning streak that was the third longest in the country at the time) and carried that momentum the rest of the way, finishing 13-4-0 (8-2-0), winning a share of the first OVC regular season title in program history and advancing to the OVC Tournament title game for the first time ever.
The Colonels set program records for wins (13), conference wins (eight), goals (30) and shutouts (11) in Flohre's first season.
For reinvigorating the program, Flohre became the first EKU soccer coach ever to win OVC Coach of the Year honors.
Flohre was hired as EKU's head soccer coach on December 11, 2015.
He arrived in Richmond following four years of success as an assistant coach at the Big Ten level. He was an assistant coach at Ohio State from 2014-15 and an assistant coach at Iowa from 2012-14. The Dayton, Ohio native helped lead both programs to the NCAA Tournament.
“I’m extremely honored to join the Eastern Kentucky University community and Athletics Department,” Flohre said of his hiring. “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. I’m looking forward to getting to know our players, alumni and the Richmond community as we work towards bringing great success to the soccer program and the University.”
In 2015, Flohre played an integral role on head coach Lori Walker’s staff at Ohio State, helping lead the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament following opening-round wins over Butler and Virginia Tech. OSU finished the 2015 campaign with a record of 13-7-3.
Flohre was also part of several individual success stories at Ohio State. He coached All-Big Ten players Sarah Roberts and Devon Kerr in 2015 and Nikki Walts in 2014, as well as All-Big Ten Tournament performer Lindsay Agnew in 2015.
Before arriving in Columbus, Flohre was a member of head coach Ron Rainey’s staff at Iowa, where he helped guide the Hawkeyes to unprecedented heights. In Flohre’s two seasons in Iowa City, the Hawkeyes went 27-13-4, including a school record 15 victories in 2013. Iowa also reached the Big Ten Tournament Championship game and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2013, both for the first time in program history.
“We are blessed that we were able to attract and hire someone of Nick’s caliber,” Director of Athletics Steve Lochmueller said. “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.”
Prior to reaching the collegiate coaching ranks, Flohre was the Girl’s Assistant Director of Coaching at Ohio Elite Soccer Academy (OESA) in Cincinnati from 2007-12. During his five years at OESA, he coached various U15-U18 Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) teams, including the 2009 United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) U19 National Championship finalist and the 2010 National Championship third place team.
Flohre also coached seven players who went on to play for the United States National Team, including Tori Huster (Florida State), Alyssa Rich (North Carolina), Tara Campbell (Duke), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky), Samantha Leshnek (North Carolina), Jill Vetere (Louisville) and Mary Alice Vignola.
Flohre played collegiate 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.
Flohre is the third head coach in the 11-year history of the EKU soccer program. He takes over a team that went 4-6 in Ohio Valley Conference action this fall and returns its top five scorers in sophomore Emmi Carroll (three goals) and junior Cassie Smith, sophomore Logan Harvey and freshmen Bailly Bounds and Haley Kemper (two goals apiece).
What Others are Saying About Nick Flohre …
“Nick is an excellent choice by EKU to become the next head women’s soccer coach. 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.”
Lori Walker, Head Women’s Soccer Coach, The Ohio State University
“EKU just made a great hire in Nick Flohre as the program’s next head coach. Nick has qualities that you just can’t teach in a person, which current and future Colonels should be very excited about. He is a strong leader who will fully dedicate himself to the student-athletes, staff and entire community to make the soccer program grow as a whole. EKU soccer will thrive under the direction of Nick Flohre’s leadership.”
Shaun Richard, Associate Director of Athletics, The Ohio State University
“Nick is going to do an outstanding job at Eastern Kentucky. He is an excellent on-field coach and a tireless worker on the recruiting trail. He has excellent character and will attract fine student-athletes to EKU. A great coach and better person!”
Ron Rainey, Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Dartmouth College
“I have known Nick for many years and have had the chance to work with him in several different arenas. He is the most professional person I have ever been around. He demands the best from himself and those around him. During his time with us at Ohio Elite Soccer Academy he had an impact on everyone he came in contact with. He helped elevate our players and club to the level we are today. EKU has hired someone that will make them a perennial power in the OVC.”
Doug Bracken, Director of Coaching, Ohio Elite Soccer Academy