Track & Field (W) Coaching Staff
 
To Contact Coach Flores:
aflores@monmouth.edu

Abe Flores is in his fifth year as an assistant track & field coach at Monmouth University. Flores tutors the Hawks' throwers and is heavily involved in MU's recruiting efforts.

A USATF Level 2 certified Throws coach, Flores has mentored some of the best throwers in Hawks' history. Coach Flores is currently training former Monmouth athletes and Olympic hopefuls Bobby Smith (Javelin) and Jon Kalnas (shot put).

The 2005-06 season was another successful year for Flores' athletes as he had three Northeast Conference Champions, seven All-NEC performers, one All-Region athlete and four All-East throwers.

On the women's side, Monmouth had three women javelin throwers rank in the top-10 in the NEC. Coach Flores' Hawks were the only team to have a thrower place in the top-10 in each of the throwing events at the IC4A Championships. Monmouth's men's throwing squad scored 70 points at the 2006 NEC Outdoor Championships.

Under the guidance of Flores, Monmouth senior Bobby Smith was named USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Field Athlete of the Year after taking 11th at the USA Track & Field Championships and 13th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the javelin. Smith also took second place at the NCAA East Regionals (240'8") and at the Penn Relays in the javelin throw. He was also IC4A and Northeast Conference Champion.

Freshman Marion Easley was also an NCAA East Regional finalist in the javelin (216?11?). The freshman also took fourth at the IC4A meet and was an All-NEC selection with his second place throw. Nick Williams took sixth place in the discus at the IC4As and was an All-East selection. He also took third place at the NEC Championships(166?). Ed Skowronski was an NEC Champion in the hammer throw, which he followed up with an eighth place finish at teh IC4As and an All-East honor (182?3?).

Kyle Hirschklau was also an IC4A qualifier after taking second place in the shot put at the NEC Championships. Senior Ryan Connell was also an All-NEC selection in the hammer and a IC4A qualifier.

The Indoor season found Chris Keller becoming an All-East and NEC Champion in the weight. Skowronski and Hirschklau were both IC4A qualifiers, with Skowronski earning All-NEC honors in the weight. Emily Rothenberger also took fourth in the weight at the ESU Invite.

In the 2004-05 season, Flores had two All-East throwers, two NEC Champions, one IC4A Champion, one All-Region honoree and one All-American in the spring. Bobby Smith became just the fourth individual in school history to become an NCAA Division I First Team All-American. The throwers scored 21 points in two events indoors, and 53 of the teams 181 points outdoors. Skowronski qualified for the 2005 USA Track & Field Junior National Championship in the hammer. On the women?s side, Tiffany Hahn and Brigid Thies qualified for ECAC?s in the Javelin, while Katie Pachuta qualified for ECAC?s in the hammer en route to breaking the school record in the event.

During the 2003-2004 Indoor season, Coach Flores led Mike Allen and Pete Salvatore to IC4A qualifying marks in the 35lb Weight and Shot Put. Outdoors, Mike Allen won the NEC javelin title, and was an IC4A and NCAA East Regional qualifier. In 2002-2003, Flores had a pair of throwers, Gary Roskoski and Jon DeAngelo, earn All-East honors in the shot put indoors and outdoors. The duo also qualified outdoors for the NCAA East Regional in the shot put. Roskoski, who would later be named Academic All-America, qualified for the NCAA Regional in the discus and was the Northeast Conference champion in that event. Skowronski also qualified for the 2005 USA Track & Field Junior National Championship in the hammer.

Flores arrived in West Long Branch from Whittier, Calif., where he was serving as an assistant coach at both Whittier College and Rio Hondo Junior College. He coached Whittier from 2000-2002 and mentored a two time All-American in the men?s javelin, and three NCAA qualifiers in the women's hammer throw and discus. During his tenure with the Poets, he coached 21 all-conference performers in the shot put, discus, hammer throw and javelin. He coached simultaneously at Rio Hondo in 2001 and 2002, guiding a California state finalist in the decathlon and a conference champion in the javelin. He also coached school record performers in the hammer throw, javelin and decathlon.

Flores was a four-year member of the track & field squad at the University of Southern California. He competed in the shot put, discus, hammer throw and javelin as a member of the Trojans. While in Southern California Flores trained with fellow Trojan Balazs Kiss, who was a four-time NCAA National Champion in the hammer and won a gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Flores was a walk-on linebacker and long snapper for two seasons on the USC football squad. After college, Flores continued to compete in thehammer fo two years. He was the president andmember of "The Bomb Squad", a throwing club that was based out of Southern California.

A native of the Philippines, Flores earned his bachelor of arts degree from USC in 1996. He added a master of education degree from Whittier in 2002. He resides in Belmar.

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