A Demon to the core
It’s been more than 24 years since Kevin Flohr was on the court representing the Glenwood Springs High School boys basketball team.
Not that the hiatus matters.
“Once a Demon, always a Demon, in my book,” Flohr said.
While he’s never stopped being a Demon, Flohr, 42, will be back on the court – or at least courtside – next season as the new Demon boys basketball coach.
Flohr was hired Friday and replaces Roger Duroux, who retired from coaching in February after four seasons with Glenwood.
“We’re going to take a new direction,” Glenwood athletic director Steve Cable said. “Our program has gone through some bumpy roads. Coach Duroux has done a good job with the program and he’s turned it over to Kevin, and Kevin will take it and run with it.”
Flohr doesn’t have a wealth of coaching experience, but he does know basketball – and he knows how to win.
The 1979 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School won a Class AA state title with the Demons in his senior year, playing on what many believe to be one of the best teams in Glenwood Springs and Colorado history.
The ’79 squad went 23-0 with only one game being decided by less than 18 points. Flohr was named Colorado’s AA player of the year and went on to play college basketball at Mesa State College. When he left Mesa he was the school’s all-time leading scorer. He was also elected to Mesa State College’s “Wall of Fame” in 2001.
Cable expects Flohr’s “enthusiasm, excitement and his insight into the fundamentals that need to be taught” will compensate for any lack of high school coaching experience
“He doesn’t have much background in coaching, but a great background in basketball,” Cable said.
“I live it and I love it and I always have. I think that’s 70 percent of coaching,” said Flohr, who has been coaching youth teams since his kids were old enough to play basketball. His tutelage paid off, as his oldest son, Sean, was the leading scorer for the Demons last season as a sophomore.
While playing for the Demons, Flohr played under legendary coach Bob Chavez – a member of the Colorado Coaches Hall of Fame and the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame – and Flohr’s coaching philosophy seems to follow in the mold of Chavez.
“The goal is to create kids who understand the sport and respect people, and realize that it’s not OK to lose,” Flohr said. “You’ve got to give it the best effort you’ve got.
“I think if a coach, at any level, can be half of what Chav was, they are going to be a great coach,” he added. “Chav coached the love of the game and being a good person first. All the rest takes care of itself. If you do those things the players are going to be successful, not just in basketball but also as people.”
Flohr’s on-court coaching approach will be largely predicated on his players’ strengths and weaknesses.
“The bottom line is you still need players,” he said. “There’s no such thing as a good coach without great players and great personalities, and they have got to like each other.”
Four varsity players, including Sean, return next season. Other returners off last year’s sixth-place district tournament team are Jesse Hansen, Jeff Screen and John Faris.
“I’m not sure what’s there yet,” Flohr said. “There’s not a lot of returnees. I know Glenwood has a lot of talent, it’s just a matter of finding it.
“I know there’s going to be excitement and enthusiasm and people who love to be there.”
Flohr’s wife, Linda, was a standout tennis player at Mesa State, where they met.
“She’s so encouraging and she’s always been sports-minded,” Flohr said.
The couple has three sons. Along with Sean, Mike, currently a freshman, will also be competing for a spot on the varsity squad. Kevin is in fourth grade.
It’s not the first time Flohr has considered coaching at the high school level, but it’s the first time he has been able to coordinate his duties as a head coach with his full-time job. City Market made it possible for Flohr to take the coaching job this year by working with his schedule in a way that allows him to fulfill both his coaching commitments and his duties as the manager of the Glenwood Springs City Market.
“City Market is making a heck of a commitment to this town and this school,” said Flohr.
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