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Flora Returns to Coach in Dream Bowl Football All-Star Game

Will Return as Head Coach of Division III All-Stars


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – William Paterson head football coach Jerry Flora will return as the head coach of the Division III All-Stars in the second-annual Dream Bowl Senior All-Star Game.

The second annual Dream Bowl will be played January 20, 2014 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex in Virginia Beach, VA.  The College Football All-Star Game is a showcase of the best NCAA D-III players from across the country.  The game and the series of events held over Martin Luther King Weekend is a celebration of the excellence, commitment, and sacrifice made by the players and their families.

Coach Flora returns to Head Coach the all-stars of the Dream Bowl for the second time. A year ago, Flora served as one of the two head coaches for the inaugural Dream Bowl contested Jan. 21 in Roanoke, Va., and three of his charges -- Joseph Cordato, Javon Hodges and John Matthews – participated in the event. Players and fans both were impressed with the hard work and effort of Coach Flora at last year’s Dream Bowl all-star game in Salem, Virginia.  As one parent commented following the weekend events, "Coach Jerry Flora devoted his time and dedication teaching the players he never met before how to become even better football players."

In six years as a Pioneer assistant coach, Flora helped to recruit and develop several all-conference performers, including Pioneer all-time career receiving yardage and receptions leaders Kareen Moon, and later, Rivera. During each of his six seasons, one of Flora's wide receivers earned all-conference laurels (Bryant Richardson, 2002-03; Moon, 2004-07). In addition, he was instrumental in the recruitment of several other all-NJAC performers, including former standouts Chris Schule (2009), Keith Sayball (2009), Jeffrey Arista (2008), Chuck Patterson (2007), Frank Musolino (2007), Shadee Davis (2005), Tim Dolan (2006), Dan Casasnovas (2005-06) and Tom Larsen (2003, 2005).

Coach Flora’s emphasis on building a family-like atmosphere, all while creating a deeper sense of commitment on and off the field, fits in within the mission of CESM and the Dream Bowl.  His ability to make players and families from all over the country feel welcome during last year’s Dream Bowl weekend was a major factor in CESM’s decision to bring Coach Flora back this year.