Charlie Flowe brings a wealth of experience into his new job as head coach of the Rowan College of South Jersey-Cumberland men’s soccer team.
Flowe, 43, a native of Newport News, Virginia, is also the head coach of the Philadelphia Lone Star FC team, of the Women’s Premier Soccer League. He is also a youth coach with United Philly Soccer, and has been involved with many other soccer teams.
Flowe has also been a TV play-by-play announcer for Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League, the host of a soccer radio show, a sportswriter and photographer, and a math and English tutor.
His hiring as the coach of RCSJ-Cumberland (formerly Cumberland County College) was announced Sunday by JD Dijamco, the school’s director of athletics.
“It’s really exciting to be the new coach,” Flowe said. “New Jersey is a hotbed for soccer at all levels. There are so many clubs and programs. We’re definitely starting practices sometime in the next two weeks. I’m very familiar with the team’s conference (the Garden State Athletic Conference), and I know some of the coaches and I know what the teams have done.”
The National Junior College Athletic Association has moved most fall sports, including soccer, to the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will take a while to get organized anyway.
“We’re piecing together who will be back from last year and who will be new,” Flowe said. “It’s always harder in a two-year college. It’s a unique situation with some not in school because of COVID, and some foreign players may have travel restrictions.
“There will be a lot of off-field stuff. Recruiting is a challenge, as it always is. Today there’s so much technology, a lot of tools to use to your advantage. You can learn so much about a player before you see him.”
Dijamco said that he and the athletic department are very excited about adding Flowe.
“We had a lot of good candidates but Charlie really stood out,” Dijamco said. “He has a lot of experience building programs from the ground up. But what drove us to Charlie is that he’s committed to the program long term, which is a rarity at our level. He wants to build long-term success.”
RCSJ-Cumberland was 10-5-2 in 2019 and 7-2-1 in the GSAC.
Coach Giuseppe Lamberti stepped down in mid-February.
Flowe played soccer for four years at Ferguson High School in Virginia. He’s a graduate of Drexel University.
His approach to the game is defensive, but with a twist.
“I was a defender, and played a little goalie in my 20s,” Flowe said. “You need a good back line and a good goalie, but I like to have fast backs who can cover the whole field. I want to have 10 players involved with the offense.”
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