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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Jan. 5, 2006

Charlie Flohr Added to Football Coaching Staff

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State athletics announced the hiring of Charlie Flohr as an addition to the football coaching staff. Flohr, who was a graduate assistant at Northwest from 2002-03, will hold the title of passing game coordinator, recruiting coordinator and receivers coach. Flohr comes back to Northwest from Truman State where he was the team's wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator for the last two seasons. Flohr will start his post immediately.

"It is definitely a bittersweet feeling for me to come back to Northwest," said Flohr. "First off, I want to thank President Barb Dixon, Athletic Director Jerry Wollmering and Head Coach Shannon Currier for what they have done for me here at Truman. I am very excited to be going back to a program at Northwest that is well-established and has a great group of coaches."

Truman ended the 2005 campaign 2-9 overall with perhaps the most notable win coming in the season-opener against nationally recognized Winona State. The Bulldogs won 21-16.

Under the tutelage of Flohr, a couple Bulldog receivers thrived in the offensive system. In the final 2005 league statistics, wide receiver James Walton ranked ninth with 50.1 receiving yards per game. In 2004, Jeff Amundson pulled in 76 receptions, the fourth-most in Truman history for a season. In the same year, Flohr helped coach an offense to break the school record for completions in a single game (41) against Missouri Southern and the league mark for passing yards in a single game (479) against Northwest.

Before Flohr's stint at Truman, he was in charge of coaching the tight ends for the Bearcats. A 2002 graduate of Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., Flohr was part of two conference titles while coaching at Northwest Missouri. In 2002, the Bearcats went 9-0 in MIAA play and ended up advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals. The next year, Northwest Missouri was one of five teams to tie for the conference crown.

Prior to Northwest Missouri, Flohr was a student assistant coach in charge of wide receivers at his alma mater, Dakota State. Flohr was an assistant at Dakota State with current Northwest assistant coach Adam Dorrel. Flohr mentored two all-conference wide receivers at Dakota State.

While an athlete at Dakota State, Flohr lettered for four seasons and was a two-time honorable mention all-conference selection at wide receiver. He left the school as the career record holder in punt returns.

Flohr received his health and physical education degree from Dakota State and followed with a masters in health and physical education from Northwest in December of 2003.

"Charlie did an outstanding job for us as a graduate assistant," said head coach Mel Tjeerdsma. "I am really excited to have him back as a part of our offense. He brings a good knowledge of the passing game that he began to develop here and expanded at Truman.

"He is just the right person for our situation. He fits our staff and has a great relationship with all of our coaches."

Flohr is married to Amy Flohr. Flohr fills the void of Bart Tatum who left on Dec. 13 to take over head coaching duties at Missouri Southern.

Flohr's hire creates some changes in responsibilities for current Northwest assistants. Dorrel will add running game coordinator to his offensive line duties. Will Wagner becomes the assistant head coach in addition to his defensive backs position. Also, Rich Wright becomes the special teams coach and will stay with the defensive line. Tjeerdsma becomes the offensive coordinator.

"This shift in responsibilities works out best because I don't want to make any wholesale changes," said Tjeerdsma. "I am going to rely heavily on Adam Dorrel and Charlie Flohr for our game plan. We have had some of the most prolific offenses in the country recently and, hopefully, this coaching change won't set us back any."

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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