HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Bill Flowers '71 is considered the father of Hampden-Sydney soccer, being an integral part in starting a club soccer team and taking that club team to NCAA status. Flowers was an impressive winger, serving as co-captain of the team for two years. His greatest achievement came from seeking out Hall of Fame coach Jim Simms to coach the team and help make it an NCAA sport in 1969.
Name: Bill Flowers
Hometown: Richmond, Va.
Years at H-SC: 1967-71
Position: Left Midfield
Current Residence: Naples, Fla.
Current Occupation: Founder and Managing Director, DynaLogic LLC
Why did you choose H-SC?
My grandmother talked about H-SC my entire life as she had multiple relatives who attended H-SC and were quite successful. Also, the strong fraternity life appealed to me.
What are your greatest memories at Hampden-Sydney?
I guess the Lynchburg game my senior year. They were one of the top teams in the country and we had to play them on their field. Soccer was big at Lynchburg and they had many fans and students who would come to the games. They dominated the game and probably got off 15-20 shots on-goal, but our keeper played a phenomenal game and turned away shot after shot. On one save, our keeper played the ball out and I won the ball and made a quick cross over the defense to Eric Kohler, who kicked the ball over the head of their keeper, who had been standing almost at midfield, and the ball bounced and bounced and just crossed the goal line. H-SC 1 Lynchburg 0.
How has H-SC helped you in your life after college?
H-SC has always been a great common bond with past, present and future graduates.
What advice would you give to the current Hampden-Sydney men's soccer team?
Soccer is a team sport. It is about communication and support. When you are on the field, work to make those teammates around you the best they can be.