Rob Flowers, announced as the head football coach at Muhlenberg Thursday, is looking to return a winning culture to his alma mater.
A 1999 Muhlenberg graduate, Flowers played quarterback for the Muhls and led them to the Inter-County League championship and a school-record 11 wins as a senior.
Now, as he takes his third high school head coaching job in Berks County, Flowers said is hopeful to lead the Muhls to success on and off the field.
“Community of winners is what we’re going to call our program and how we’re going to move forward,” Flowers said. “And not only on the field, but winning in all phases of life: in the classroom, in personal life, on the field, having enough confidence.
“We’ll operate from our four pillars of the program: Love, joy, relationships and service, while upholding and trying to rebuild the rich tradition that we had at Muhlenberg football.
“We’re going to work our butts off to instill that (culture) in our young athletes, our students, as well as our communities. We’re a community of winners based on those pillars.”
Flowers returns to Muhlenberg and high school coaching reenergized after spending this fall as the co-offensive coordinator and wide receiver coach at Albright.
Flowers resigned as coach at Daniel Boone last December after leading the Blazers to a 17-31 record in five seasons, including a District 3 playoff berth in 2021. Before that, he was the head coach at Reading High for seven seasons (2011-17) and went 26-47.
Overall, he has a 43-78 record.
He replaces John Lorchak, who resigned last month after compiling a 4-33 record in four seasons at Muhlenberg. The Muhls went 1-5 in Section 2 of the Lancaster-Lebanon League and 1-9 overall this fall.
Muhlenberg last had a winning season in 2017, when it went 6-5, and last made the District 3 playoffs in 2013.
But Flowers knows what it’s like to have success. When was as senior for the Muhls in 1998, he passed for 1,361 yards — he threw for 2,220 in his career — and guided Muhlenberg to the District 3 Class 3A final.
According to Flowers, personal connections and familial ties paved the way for his decision to want to lead and inspire at the high school level again. He is also the Director of Community Relations & Equity Awareness at Daniel Boone.
“After taking this time away from the high school game my experience at Albright rejuvenated me to want to be a head coach again and this is my alma mater,” said Flowers, whose brother, Matt, is the Muhls’ boys basketball coach. “There’s a personal connection here with Muhlenberg. From (having) family in the district, to the people that we’re going to work with, I’m super excited about it.
“I didn’t envision it. … I’ve watched my nephews play at Muhlenberg football for a while and now I get to be a part of that journey with them and their friends and another community of students, which is awesome watching these kids grow up. I’m looking forward to leading another group of men on this mission.”
Source: Berkshire mont