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Flowers stepping down at Dougherty

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -   Dougherty High football coach Charles Flowers stunned his team with news on Monday he is retiring.

Flowers was hired at Dougherty in 2007 after a successful career coaching football and baseball at Shaw High in Columbus.

Flowers says he was contemplating retiring but the death of a close friend Reverend Joseph Roberson of Columbus in  a traffic accident over the weekend was a major factor in Flowers decision to retire.

Charles Fllowers said. "Things happen all of the sudden. I have kinda of pray through things and I think about it and I mediate on things. Try to make decision based on that and not the seat of my pants

Charles Flowers started his coaching career at West Point High in the 1980's.

He moved to Shaw High to coach baseball and became the head football coach in 1992.

He led the Raiders to state titles in football and baseball in the same school year of 2000-2001.

Flowers left coaching to become the Muscogee County School System Athletic Director in 2006 but decided a desk wasn't for him and applied for the Dougherty High job in 2007.

Flowers record at Dougherty was 13-17 with one playoff appearance.

Charles Flowers said. "We have the guys going good. Their attitudes are great. We have a nucleus of a pretty good group of guys coming back. We feel like we are right on the verge of turning the corner."

Flowers retirement leaves the school systems with openings at Dougherty and Albany.

Westover High coach Jeff Caldwell has said he is mulling over retiring but has not made a final decision on whether he will return next year.

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