HANCOCK — The so-called interim tag is off the title of Hancock boys basketball coach for Tom Flowers.
Flowers, who coached the Hancock boys for the latter part of the 2011-12 season after Jeff Spielman left, is the now their head coach, Hancock athletic director Bill Sterner recently announced.
Flowers is all true, all blue when it comes to Hancock.
“I’m excited to have this opportunity,” said Flowers. “I’ve paid my dues and feel like it’s my turn.”
A 1978 Hancock graduate, the 52-year-old Flowers returned to the school in 1982 to begin his coaching career.
Spielman was the varsity coach and Flowers came on as the junior varsity coach and remained in that capacity until Spielman retired from coaching basketball in 2005, at which time Flowers also left. When Spielman came back in 2010, Flowers was there again.
During his years at Hancock, Flowers also served one season each as head football and head baseball coach.
When he returned to coaching in 2010, it brought him back into his element.
“I tried to get interested in other things, but I know in my heart I’ve always been a coach. When the opportunity came, it was a no-brainer,” said Flowers.
His style will reflect back on the famous basketball movie “Hoosiers,” in which a small-town school in Indiana rose to win a state championship.
“Yep, I am a Hoosiers fan and a Bob Knight fan,” said Flowers. “Knight is my idol. His kids graduate and he always did it right, and they always competed and I relate to that.”
Flowers said the immediate goal is simple.
“We’re not going to compete against the Dunbars and schools like that. Our goal will be to win more games than we lose and that will be a good year,” he said.
“I want our kids to compete and we’ll take care of each other, on the court and in the classroom,” he added.
“(Flowers) has been a coaching fixture at Hancock, a hard worker and the kids love him,” said Sterner. “He is all business.”
Flowers is also a case manager at the Maryland Correctional Training Center. He has a bachelor of science degree.