Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan announced that Don Flora will be the next assistant coach, Thursday, March 19.
Flora, who replaces former associate head coach Ashlee Hardee, was the head coach for 11 seasons at the University of La Verne, developing that program into one of the most prominent in the country. Jordan knows what kind of quality coaching and recruiting Flora brings to the program.
"We're really excited about Don joining our staff. We've been friends for quite awhile and I have a great respect for all he's accomplished at LaVerne," Jordan said. "He's a great person as well as a great coach and we feel fortunate to have him on staff."
Flora led the ULV to the 2001 NCAA Division III championship along with three consecutive West Region titles (2003-05) and nine consecutive SCIAC conference titles (2000-06). He also coached ULV to three consecutive NCAA semifinal appearances in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
"For me, it’s exciting to be a part of this staff," Flora said. "The culture of this staff is excellent. The big thing I looked at when making the decision to come here were the athletes. They are great athletes and I can’t wait to work with them."
Coaching one of only three programs to finish ranked in the top 10 the last nine season (2000-08), Flora compiled a 242-56 record, guiding the Leopards to four NCAA D-III Final Four appearances. Under Flora, ULV was dominant while setting the SCIAC conference consecutive win streak record at 56 matches from 2001-05.
Flora also was also named AVCA West Region Coach of the Year on four occasions, earning the honor in 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2008. He coached two national players of the year in Ryan Winn, named Division III National Player of the Year by Volleyball Magazine in 2001, and most recently Amy Smith, who was named AVCA Division III National Player of the Year for 2003. He also coached four SCIAC Conference Players of the Year during his tenure as Leopard coach.
Prior to head coaching at La Verne, Flora was an assistant at the University of Washington in 2004. From 2003-07, while coaching at La Verne, Flora was also the Assistant Athletic Director for development, oversaw athletic department fundraising. From 1993-08 he was the ULV volleyball camp director, promoting and directing all facets of the youth summer volleyball camp.
From 1994-2003, Flora was the Director of Development for major gifts and coordinated two key athletic department fundraising projects of $190,000 and $70,000. He was the head coach for the ULV men’s volleyball team from 1993-97.