Jimi Flowers to be posthumously inducted into Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame
New Orleans – The Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2010 features three of the Green Wave's top student-athletes from the last 10 years, a former standout swimmer turned Olympic coach and an individual who not only graduated from Tulane, but has dedicated the last 44 years of his life to the Green Wave, as the latest class was announced today by Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson.
The 2010 class of Jimi Flowers (men's swimming), Michael Kogan (men's tennis), Gayle Letulle (Billy Slatten Award winner), Teana McKiver (women's basketball) and Mewelde Moore (football) will be inducted on Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, from 12-2 p.m. at the Lavin-Bernick Center on the Tulane University campus. The inductees will also be honored at halftime of TU's homecoming game against Army at the Louisiana Superdome the following day.
"It is always a privilege and pleasure to make the calls to our hall of fame selectees and families on behalf of our committee, which has once again outdone themselves with this year's class," Dickson said. "This diverse group represents all the qualities that make up the fabric of athletics at Tulane- excellence in scholastic, competition and service achievement- that has become our hallmark. Congratulations to each of the newest members of our hall of fame and to their families."
Flowers was a member of the Green Wave men's swim team from 1979-83 and becomes the third men's swimmer to be inducted into the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame. During his collegiate career, Flowers was a four-time Metro Conference champion in the 200m breaststroke, served as the team captain as a junior and senior, competed at three NCAA championships and was named the Tulane "Athlete of the Year" for the entire school in 1983.
A four-year letterwinner and three-time team MVP, Flowers held the school record in both the 100m and 200m breast and the 400 IM. He attended the 1983 Sports Festival, where he represented the South Team, and was a 1980 and 1984 Olympic Selection Meet qualifier.
Flowers began his long association with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) family in Colorado Springs, Colo. in 1989, serving as USA Swimming's National Team Coordinator. He returned to the collegiate ranks at Auburn where he was the assistant swim coach for both men and women. During his time at Auburn, he coached the men to three SEC Championships (1997, 1998, 1999) and to the NCAA Championships in 1997 and 1999.
Following his stint at Auburn, he returned to the USOC in 1999 as the Aquatics Center Manager.
Most recently, he worked as the National Team Manager and Head Coach for U.S. Paralympics Swimming, directing that team to success at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
Flowers died on Friday, July 10, 2009 following a fall in a climbing accident in Colorado, and will be inducted posthumously.
2010 Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame Class
Jimi Flowers Men's Swimming 1979-83
Michael Kogan Men's Tennis 2000-04
Gayle Letulle Statistician/Tulane Historian 1966-Present
Teana McKiver Women's Basketball 2000-03
Mewelde Moore Football 2000-03