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Flohr puts Trojan boys on Lax map

Boys Lacrosse Coach of the Year

Boys Lacrosse Coach of the Year

June 18, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- When he moved to Chambersburg from Philadelphia early in 2005, Paul Flohr knew there was something missing.

His sport was lacrosse. He enjoyed playing it and enjoyed coaching it, but there was a void in the area.

Tim Wilmot had started a U15 lacrosse team in Chambersburg, which got the ball rolling toward a varsity boys lacrosse program at the high school.

That's where Flohr came into the picture.

"On the varsity level, I can remember we might have had one boy that played somewhere and knew anything about lacrosse," said Flohr of that 2006 junior varsity team.

"We went 6-9 and lost some close games and last year we went 9-8. Making the playoffs boiled down to the last game and we lost to Carlisle 9-8 in the last 44 seconds," he said. "The Carlisle coach said we wouldn't be competitive for a long time."

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Actions spoke louder than words as the Trojans fashioned a 13-5 record in 2008 with a third-place finish in the Mid-Penn Conference.

Thus, Flohr has been named the Herald-Mail Boys Lacrosse Coach of the Year.

"We added a defensive coach this year (Chris Schellhorn) and our goal was to win the conference and get into the playoffs," Flohr said.

The Trojans did reach the postseason, losing to a quality and experienced Hempfield team, 15-5.

"I'm happy wth the year and the kids got a taste of the playoffs." he said.

Flohr coached three players to All-Area status -- Player of the Year Eric DeLong, Joey Wilmot and Cory Boushell.

A Baltimore native, Flohr got his taste of lacrosse as a star at Boys' Latin High School. He then moved on to play at Cabrini (Pa.) College.

"From the very first match, we tried to make everything elementary," said Flohr. "We had some athletes coming out, developed them and built a system from the first day.

"We built a script like Bill Walsh, the first 25 plays."

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