John Flowers
John Flowers

Director of Football Operations


alma mater:
Southern Illinois, 1976

John Flowers is in his 25th season as a member of the Tiger football staff. He came to Memphis in 1985 and currently serves as Tommy West's director of football operations. In that capacity, he oversees the day-to-day running of the football office, as well as coordinating team travel and camps.

Since his arrival in Memphis, Flowers has worked under head coaches Rey Dempsey (1984-85), Charlie Bailey (1986-88), Chuck Stobart (1989-94), Rip Scherer (1995-2000) and West (2001-present).

Several years ago, Flowers was involved with the renovation of the Murphy Athletic Complex and the new addition to the complex that included an upgrade to the football locker room as well as position and team meeting rooms, a video suite, an interview room, an expanded athletic training and equipment area and locker rooms for other sports.

Flowers is primarily responsible for the movement of the Tiger football team at both home games and road contests. He works hand-in-hand with hotel management in arranging player and staff rooms, as well as team meeting and meals. During Tiger home games, he can be found setting up and hosting the Memphis football recruiting area and welcoming visitors to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. He also serves as a guest speaker for Tiger football around the Mid-South and often fills in when West is unavailable.

Flowers came to Memphis after serving in the high school coaching ranks for seven years in the state of Illinois. He entered the coaching profession as an assistant coach at Lincoln High School and became the head coach in 1983. His 1984 squad posted a 9-2-0 record and appeared in the state playoffs.

A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Flowers played for the Salukis in the 1970s and received his bachelor's degree in health education from SIU in 1977. As a player, Flowers was nominated for UPI Lineman of the Week after registering 18 tackles, six sacks, one pass break-up and a blocked punt against Northern Illinois University. He lettered for four years for the Southern Illinois defense.

Flowers, 54, spends his free time with his family and also enjoys hunting, fishing and playing golf. He and his wife, LuAnn, have two daughters, Brittany and Brooke. Brittany and her husband, Judd Rhodes, have two children, Olivia and Gracie. Brooke is currently teaching at Bon Lin Middle School. She and her husband, Jensen Pilant, have a son, Steele, who was born in March 2009.

The Flowers File


• December 7, 1954

• Fillmore, Ill.

Alma Mater

• Southern Illinois, 1977

•Bachelor's degree in health education

Collegiate Playing Experience

1973-76: Southern Illinois (DL)


• Wife - LuAnn

• Children - Brittany & Brooke

Coaching Experience

1985-Present: University of Memphis

1978-84: Lincoln High School

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