NMJC Player Named Athlete of the Year

Brian Flores photoJuly 11 – Hobbs, NM. The following article was taken from the website of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) at www.njcaa.org. Brian Flores hails from Carlsbad, New Mexico.

New Mexico Junior College's Brian Flores Chosen as NJCAA David Rowlands Male Athlete-of-the-Year
by Wanda Bodey

The 2006 NJCAA David Rowlands Male Student Athlete-of-the-Year is sophomore baseball standout Brian Flores of New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, New Mexico.

Flores, a two-year team captain, was also a two-time Western Junior College athletic Conference MVP and first-team NJCAA all-Region selection. He is also a two-time NJCAA all-America selection, receiving second-team honors in 2005 and first-team honors in 2006. Flores was named the 2005 NJCAA JUCO Baseball World Series Outstanding Pitcher and named to the All-Tournament Team after leading the Thunderbirds to the national title.

He received the 2006 Dutch Klein Award, which recognizes the student-athlete that best displays the qualities of leadership, citizenship, cooperation, scholarship and athletic achievement at New Mexico Junior College. Flores also volunteers and works with the local youth at the Hobbs Boys and Girls Club.

Athletic Director Richard Morris said, “On campus, he was the ideal student-athlete who, by his example and leadership, inspired others to give their very best at all times; off campus, his commitment to community service was both impressive and heartwarming as he consciously strove to represent New Mexico Junior College well while living up to the same high standards he set for himself."

The 5’11”, left-handed pitcher is the overall winning NMJC pitcher with a two-year mark of 26-4. He pitched a perfect game and two no-hitters during his tenure at NMJC and has been drafted twice by the White Sox (2004 and 2005). He has signed with and will continue his collegiate baseball career at Arizona State University.

David Rowlands was an active member of the NJCAA. From 1972 to 1988 he was a regional director and from 1975 to 1988 was the chairman of the baseball committee. Rowlands, a baseball coach at Truman College (Chicago, Ill.), served on the NJCAA gymnastics, golf, executive and eligibility committees. Rowlands was the perfect model of hard work, discipline, ethics and excellence in community college athletics. This award is given annually to the NJCAA Student-Athlete that best exhibits these traits.

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