MNW grad Flowers tapped by WCHA

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Jennifer (Jepson) Flowers has stayed in sports ever since her days of competing in Manson.

Flowers was appointed to the role of Western Collegiate Hockey Association vice president and women’s league commissioner earlier this week. She will begin serving in that position in July.

Previously, Flowers — the daughter of Mike and Jacque Jepson of Manson — was the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference assistant commissioner. She graduated from Manson Northwest Webster in 1999.

“I am honored and humbled to be chosen as the Commissioner of the Women’s League of the WCHA,” Flowers said in a press release. “I want to thank Dr. (Perry) Leo and the search committee for this incredible opportunity.

“I am thrilled to work alongside our seven fantastic member institutions to continue the excellence that is synonymous with WCHA women’s hockey.”

Flowers will direct the women’s league and also work with WCHA president and men’s league commissioner Bill Robertson to further the goals and vision.

“I’m excited to have Jennifer on board with the WCHA,” Robertson said. “Her passion and commitment to the student-athlete experience, her familiarity with a number of our member institutions and her broad base of experience will benefit the WCHA. I look forward to collaborating with Jennifer to continue to grow and enhance our overall Association.”

Flowers helped oversee volleyball, swimming, basketball and softball championships with the NSIC and she also serves on the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Rules Committee, is the co-chair of the Minnesota Coaltion for Women in Athletic Leadership and serves as a mentor in the Women’s Leaders in College Sports mentoring program.

Before she joined up with the NSIC, Flowers was the associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at Winona State University, was an assistant women’s basketball and volleyball coach at Simpson College and worked as the assistant to the associate athletic director at the University of Minnesota.

“Jennifer Flowers has a strong record of working with a diverse set of schools and of focusing on the student-athlete experience,” said Dr. Leo, who served as chair of the league’s search committee. “We had a strong pool of candidates, but Jennifer’s experience in key areas made her an ideal fit for this role. We look forward to her leading the WCHA Women’s League and enhancing its reputation as the best league in women’s college hockey.”

Flowers and her husband, Jonte, live in Burnsville, Minn. and have two children, Ayanna and Kellen. She graduated from Winona State following a four-year career on the volleyball team.

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