Eastern Kentucky Head Soccer Coach Nick Flohre is stepping down from the program due to family reasons, according to Director of Athletics Stephen Lochmueller.
In a release from Steve Fohl, associate director of EKU sports communications, Flohre said, “Three years ago, I was fortunate enough to be offered the head coaching position at EKU. While I have been given incredible experiences and built lasting relationships during my time here, the distance between my wife and I has put stress on our family. Having to do what is best for my family, it’s time to reconnect with her which will take me away from Richmond. EKU has been a great place to be a part of, and it will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Flohre has led the soccer team to new heights during his tenure at EKU. The Colonels have advanced to the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) semifinals the past three seasons, including consecutive trips to the OVC championship game in 2016 and 2017.
Flohre started at EKU in 2015. He inherited a team that went 4-14 and had missed out on the OVC Tournament for the third straight year. Flohre quickly turned that around, as EKU won a school-record eight straight games early in the season and carried that momentum the rest of the way, finishing 13-4-0 (8-2 OVC). The Colonels won a share of the first OVC regular season title in program history and secured a No. 2 seed in the OVC Tournament, but came up short in the OVC championship game.
Flohre’s first season was also record breaking. Eastern set program records with 13 wins, eight conference wins, 30 goals and 10 shutouts. He was named OVC Coach of the Year in 2016 after leading EKU to the fast turnaround.
According to the release, “In 2017, Flohre guided EKU to an 11-5-4 (6-1-3 OVC) record and a second place finish in the OVC regular season. The Colonels were mere minutes from advancing to the NCAA Tournament that season, falling to No. 1 seed Murray State, 1-0, in overtime in a heartbreaking OVC Championship game.”
The Colonels wrapped up the 2018 season 8-8-4. Eastern earned the program’s first-ever win over the University of Kentucky in September.
The Colonels also had some success in the postseason. They advanced to the OVC semifinals for the third consecutive season, but lost to the No. 1 seed UT Martin 3-2 on Nov. 2.
Flohre finishes his tenure as the head coach with a record of 32-17-8 (18-7-6 OVC). His 32 wins are the most over a three-year span in EKU soccer history.
The search for a new head soccer coach will start immediately, according to EKU Sports.