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Flowers removed as Southern Nash baseball coach

By Justin Hite

Sports Writer

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After a disappointing season, which included just one Big East Conference victory, Jeff Flowers has been removed as head baseball coach at Southern Nash.

Athletics director Robbie Kennedy confirmed that Flowers is no longer the team’s coach Friday, and Flowers said that he was removed as the team’s coach earlier this week.

Kennedy, who thanked Flowers for his 18 years of work with the Firebirds’ program on behalf of the school, did not elaborate on why Flowers was removed from the position. He said that it was a personnel issue.

Flowers, who also is the girls’ golf coach at Southern Nash, might not return after this year with the school, Kennedy said. His status as girls’ golf coach is in question because of that.

“He’ll finish out the year,” Kennedy said of Flowers’ position as a teacher. “At this point, we don’t know if he’ll be back.”

Southern Nash, which won its conference finale, had won just one Big East game in the past two seasons and was 12-47 during the past three seasons.

Flowers, who has led the girls’ golf team to multiple state tournament appearances, did not return multiple calls Saturday seeking additional comment.

The opening was posted on the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools and NCHSAA websites this past week. Kennedy said he expects the opening to remain posted for 10 days.

He doesn’t imagine any restraints on the range of applicants, saying that it will be as wide as the applicants who apply.

Kennedy said he hoped the position would be filled before the end of school to provide the Firebirds’ baseball team with stability during the summer.

“It’d be nice to try to have something in soon, with it being so close to the end of school, to try to have an idea of what we’re going to do, so the kids can have an idea,” Kennedy said.

Justin Hite can be reached at 407-9951 or jhite@rmtelegram.com