APPLETON, Wis. -- Bo Flowers is the new defensive coordinator for the Lawrence University football team, head coach Rob McCarthy announced today.
In addition to serving as the defensive coordinator, Flowers will coach the defensive backs.
"Enthusiasm, passion and great teaching skills are things I look for in coaches, and Coach Flowers has all three," McCarthy said. "He brings great energy to the practice field. He is very detailed-oriented and does a great job scouting opponent's film. He will make sure our defense is prepared. He is a great recruiter and will help in our recruiting efforts in Wisconsin, Chicago and throughout the country. I am excited to have Coach Flowers join our staff."
Flowers grabbed the opportunity to coach at Lawrence because he believes the Vikings are poised to do great things in the next few years.
"What attracted me to this position was the opportunity to lead and develop a young defensive unit and to be a part of a program that is on the verge of doing something special," Flowers said. "What intrigued me most about Lawrence was Coach McCarthy's vision, and the direction that he is taking the program. What I am looking forward to most is the opportunity to use all the things I have learned over past five years and bring something new and exciting to Viking football family."
Flowers comes to Lawrence from the University of Chicago, where he spent four seasons coaching the defensive backs. Flowers was part of the 2014 staff that won University Athletic Association Coaching Staff of the Year honors. The 2014 team finished with a sparkling 8-1 record, and the Maroons posted a 24-15 mark over the past four seasons. Flowers also coached Vincent Beltrano, who earned first-team All-America honors in 2015 while setting school records with 15 interceptions and 40 passes defensed.
Prior to his time at Chicago, Flowers was the defensive graduate assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University for two years. Flowers played college football at the University of Illinois from 2007 through 2009 and at Illinois State University in 2010. He was named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team in 2010.
Also a baseball standout, Flowers was selected in the fifth round of the 2002 June Amateur Draft by the Detroit Tigers. Flowers played four seasons (2002-05) in the minor league systems of the Tigers and Chicago Cubs and also played the 2006 season in the independent Frontier League.
A native of Maywood, Ill., Flowers was an all-state selection in both football and baseball while starring at Walther Lutheran High School. Flowers was named the Chicago Sun-Times Male Athlete of the Year in 2002.
Lawrence opens its 2018 season on Sept. 1 when the Vikings host Grinnell College on Ron Roberts Field at the Banta Bowl.