Wayne Country Day head coach David Flowers is a floor general who constantly brims with enthusiasm while walking along the sideline.
In the Chargers’ first season as a 2-A school, Flowers led the Chargers to NC Independent Schools Athletic Association 2-A State Championship game. It was the Chargers’ first appearance in a state championship game since 1990.
“It was so cool to go through this year with this group of guys, and see them grow,” Flowers said. “It was a lot of fun to see these guys be able to go against teams that were that good and beat them.”
For his on-court leadership, Flowers is the 2018-2019 News-Argus All-Area Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year.
“It’s exciting to be named coach of the year, but good players make good coaches,” Flowers said. “If it wasn’t for these guys and the help then there’s no way that this would’ve happened.
“It takes a complete unit to make a coach look good, and these guys did everything.”
This season the Chargers had to overcome many obstacles to reach the state championship game. Flowers’ team started the season 1-2.
On Dec. 4 after the Chargers loss to Fayetteville Academy 61-60, Flowers knew the Chargers had the potential to have a historic season.
“I remember in the locker room that night telling guys we can make the state championship game, and it was because we had done everything different throughout the season,” Flowers said.
“I knew we could be really good, it just needed to click at the right time, and it did.”
The Chargers gained confidence throughout the season and won the FCA Winter Classic for the first time in school history.
“We set three goals this year. We wanted to win the FCA tournament, make the conference championship, and make the state tournament.” Flowers said. “We did all three, which was really good for us.
“It wasn’t hard getting the guys to buy in. It was a great group with good senior leadership and guys that wanted to be successful.”
Opponents struggled to counter the Chargers’ guard-orientated offense. Wayne Country Day finished 5-3 against NCISAA Coastal Plains opposition and lost to Greenfield in the CPIC tournament championship game.
Junior Jaden Cooper flourished as the Chargers made their run in the NCISAA State Tournament, including a miraculous 14-point comeback win against Davidson Day in the quarterfinals, but Fayetteville Academy ended the team’s dream postseason run in the state championship game.
Wayne Country Day averaged 66.5 points a game and shot 47 percent from the field.
“I knew how good we could be,” Flowers said. “We didn’t have the size the other 2-A schools had, so I knew we would have to shoot the ball well and be able to run. We shot the ball well and spread the floor well. My guards were quick, and we used that to our advantage.”
The Chargers will hope to build off their historic season, and with a strong nucleus of players expected to return, the Chargers have the potential to make another playoff run, but what’s most important to Flowers is watching great boys develop into even greater men.
“As a coach, you want to see these kids be successful,” Flowers said. “It’s a lot of fun to win, but seeing the success stories is what’s most important to me.”