Returning Ranger: Coach David Flowers

This year, there’s a new head coach on the football field sidelines. Coach David Flowers, a Perryton native, has returned to his hometown to do what he does best—build a winning football program.

His resume, which includes 27 years of coaching experience, is an impressive one. Coach Flowers took Bushland to the state championship, and he led Canadian to the state semifinals twice.

In high school he played football at the fullback and defensive end positions, and he competed in track and was a regional qualifier in the disc. After Coach Flowers graduated from PHS in 1972, he went on to get his degree in physical education from Panhandle State University. Following college, he coached at Marietta, Oklahoma; Gruver; Canadian; Merkel; and Bushland.

As the head football coach at Canadian, Coach Flowers had a 44-13-1 record, and he took the team to the semifinals in ’98 and ’99. In Merkel he was 25-18, and he led the team to the playoffs for the first time in 40 years. At Bushland Coach Flowers had a 45-14 record, and his team played for the state championship in 2009.

While coaching at Merkel, Coach Flowers was selected as the Big Country Coach of the Year. He’s also been named the Globe News Coach of the Year and the Panhandle Hall of Fame Coach of the Year. Needless to say, Perryton is proud to have him coaching his hometown team.

We talked to Coach Flowers to learn more about him and to get his outlook on the Rangers. Here’s what he had to say.

Why did you decide to become a coach?
I love sports and kids and wanted to be a part of molding young people into adults. Coach Hoss Byerly really made a big impression on me my freshman year. He made football fun. I did not play for Coach Jackson, but we had lots of visits about the game of football and life.

Why did you decide to accept the Perryton coaching job?
It just seemed like the right time, and God opened up doors that brought me here.

How is it coaching in your hometown?
GREAT!! The players, staff, faculty, admin., and community support are awesome.

What did you miss the most about Perryton?
That hometown feeling. There are still a lot of familiar faces and friends here.

What’s your outlook on this year’s team?
Very good. They’re hard workers, and they have a great attitude.

How do you plan to improve the football program?
I just want the team to have fun. The new offense will bring new excitement, and the hard-hitting defense will be fun to play and watch.

What’s your outlook on the program’s future?
The total program looks really good. The volleyball girls are working really hard, as is cross-country. I believe it is going to be a great year in all Ranger sports.

How do you help the kids improve themselves off the field?
I focus mainly on them taking care of their grades in the classroom. I can’t say enough about how important grades are. We want our athletes to walk with their heads up and chest out because they are proud to be RANGERS.

Is there anything you’d like to add?
God has been very good to me and blessed me with a great family, players, and coaches.


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