Parkview coach Cecil Flowe announces retirement

Parkview football Cecil Flowe, whose teams have won four state championships and once forged a state-record 46-game winning streak, told his players Friday night that this would be his final season.

The announcement came after Parkview defeated Central Gwinnett 21-13.

‘’I really made the decision in February and began to plan but said I wanted to finish with this group of seniors,’’ Flowe said. ‘’Phyiscally I’m fine, but the amount of energy it takes doesn’t come as easily any more. Parkview is still a great place, and when I came here in 1991, I said I’d like to retire here, this is going to be home. And it has been.’’

Flowe moved with his wife to Cumming earlier this year and let the administration know of his likely plans. He said that many in the Parkview community were aware of where things were headed, so he wanted to set the record straight with the players. He said he didn’t make the announcement earlier for fear that it would be a distraction for the team.

Flowe’s record in 21 seasons as a head coach is 196-66. He has more victories than any other coach in Gwinnett County history. Flowe said his decision was not related to the team’s current season. The Panthers are 2-6 after a 9-4 finish in 2012. A playoff berth remains possible, though not likely.

‘’We won tonight, lot of fun, so the game is still fun,’’ Flowe said.

A native of DeKalb County, Flowe came to Parkview as an assistant under newly hired head coach Chuck Mize in 1991. Mize was murdered before the 1993 season, and Flowe succeeded his close friend. Following the blueprint that they had developed, Flowe rallied the community and built a state power.

In 1997, Parkview won its first state championship. From 2000 to 2002, Parkview won three straight state titles and went 45-0. The winning streak reached a state record of 46 (later broken by Buford). Parkview is the only school in the last 50 years to put together three straight undefeated seasons in the highest classification.

Flowe has coached 26 Parkview players who made the AJC’s first-team all-state team. They have included Caleb King, Brad Lester, Sean Dawkins, Tim Gustafson, Zeb McKenzey, Jeremy Muyres, Jon Stinchcomb and Matt Stinchcomb.

‘’It would be very foolish to say it was about me because it wasn’t,’’ Flowe said. “It was hundreds and thousands of people who invested time. I’ve had a lot of good coaches and players. I didn’t get into the business for accolade. I got into it to work and to build football programs that everybody in the community would be proud of.’’

Flowe said that he intends to work again, but isn’t sure in what field. He didn’t rule out a return to coaching. His hobby is racing trucks.

‘’I’ll wait and see what’s out there next,’’ Flowe said. “I might coach again, but I know I’m going to work. I’m not going to sit. I’ve got to see this one more group through, and then I’ll see.’’

24 comments Add your comment

The Ghost of Coach Burt

October 25th, 2013
11:53 pm

Parkview won all those games not because they had more talent, but because they out worked the other teams. Over the last few years the coaches have stated privately that the players just don’t seem to have that same work ethic. While they play hard they don’t work hard in the weight room, on the track and at practice which ultimately is their problem. Remember Coach Flowe didn’t suddenly forget how to coach, so don’t be surprised to see him working again in Forsyth, Cherokee or another northern suburban school.

Old Bear

October 25th, 2013
11:57 pm

I remember the year Coach Mize was murdered. I lived just down the road from the school then. Coach Flowe did a great job taking over at Parkview. I wish him well in the future.

ron

October 26th, 2013
5:54 am

Having lived away from Georgia I wondered what happened to Parkview, a perennial top rated team in the past. “The Ghost of Coach Burt” offers what may be the most correct explanation as to what can happen to a program.

Max Sizemore

October 26th, 2013
6:20 am

Communities mature. People who bought homes there in the 1980s and 90s have finished having children and there are not as many good players as before. In addition, growth has shifted to areas further out. History repeats itself.

Wolf Dawg

October 26th, 2013
10:59 am

I have known Coach Flowe since he wrestled at Columbia HS in the 70’s…

Above being a great HOF coach he’s a Good man!!

Ghost hit the nail on the head….
(I believe he’ll resurface in Forsyth, as I knew he’d moved & the people love him there… What he’d bring to those newer schools is akin to T McFerrin & molding them into outstanding programs!)

Best to you Cecil!!

AHS Alum

GMan

October 26th, 2013
6:54 pm

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Wolf Dawg

October 26th, 2013
9:38 pm

Todd – Please remove my comment to Oh Good.. I was out of line as was he..

Thanks for all you do!

BEARMAN

October 27th, 2013
1:59 am

As a Griffin Bear fan…back in the Francuer days when we had a open week I would go see Parkview…you guys are losing a great coach and a great father figure with his players. I have told lot of fans that Coach Flowe is one of the best coaches in high school football nationwide. As a BEAR fan I wish you good luck coach whatever you decide to do and for the Parkview community…you guys do it right at the jungle and I love that checkerboard end zone and your booster club. I have always enjoyed driving up to Lilburn and watching a game at the jungle. GOOD LUCK PANTHERS!

swd panthers alum

October 28th, 2013
8:11 am

Coach Flowe is a good football coach. i wish him all the best in his retirement. lately it seems like all the great coaches of the past are retiring. (Buck Godfery, T. McFerrin, and now coach Flowe.)

TuckerD

October 28th, 2013
10:08 am

swd panthers alum – all three from out of Dekalb County along with Dave Hunter. I remember Flowe when he was the defensive coordinator at Stn Mtn High School and Chuck Mize as Head Coach(RIP). All these guys you named and Hunter are Legends in their on right. Have a feeling Flowe is not quite through yet, best of luck on your next assignment Coach.

Georgia Football Historian

October 28th, 2013
4:16 pm

“Having lived away from Georgia I wondered what happened to Parkview”
-For those who want to know what happened to Parkview, it was the parent involvement that changed through time. Parkview became a rock star in football and then families started moving into the area just for football. The parents of these kids just expected the school to do everything for them. It didn’t work that way… Also, notice Coach Flowe’s quote “Phyiscally I’m fine, but the amount of energy it takes doesn’t come as easily any more”. To those who didn’t know, now you know what he’s talking about. Now you know what happened to Parkview… Hats off to Coach Flowe and hats off to the Parkview parents that made it happen during the years that Parkview was Georgia’s greatest football team in Georgia history.

AVikingFan

October 28th, 2013
4:36 pm

Congrats on a job well done, Coach Flowe. Good luck in whatever you decide to do in the future! Lowndes only met you once in football, but you certainly have our respect!

GwinnettDad

October 28th, 2013
5:46 pm

@The Ghost – maybe, maybe not. In Francoeur’s time and teh 46 in a row the offensive line averaged near 280 lbs. per man, which included the Stinchcomb brothers. Francoeur himself is, what, 6′ 4″ or taller? I watched Parkview play Archer, and Parkview looked about the size of a Freshman team of the past. There’s more to it than just the weight room, for sure. Coach Flowe just doesn’t have the talent these days. Also, his offense, identical to Coach Crew’s at Brookwood, is aging faster than Coach Flowe is.

Just a fan

October 29th, 2013
8:50 am

Colquitt County is very familiar with Parkview and Coach Flowe. Having met him on occasion, I can attest to his character and commitment. I can also attest to the quality of players during the late 1990’s. He had some great physical athletes, and you can’t coach speed, weight, and height. Congrats to Coach Flowe for his accomplishments at Parkview. He was and continues to be one of the best high school coaches in Georgia in the past 15 years.

DekalbCo.

October 29th, 2013
9:24 am

Great Coach!…Lets be honest though, the same thing that happened in Dekalb in the early 90’s has happened to these east gwinnett schools. White Flight. Its not meant to be offensive, just the truth, albeit an ugly one. Maybe Parkview will be ressurrected. Tucker survived it in Dekalb and has thrived for 20 years. That ‘there goes the neighborhod’ attitude is still evident in society with the shifting of football powerhouses. With a few exceptions. Time will tell….@gwinnettdad i believe the stinchcomb brothers were there before the streak.

Norcross Alum

October 29th, 2013
12:31 pm

The younger Stinchcomb was a senior on the 1997 state championship team. I played against him……

JAB

October 29th, 2013
10:01 pm

Awesome coach…!!!

OutOfDate

October 30th, 2013
6:35 am

Parkview is the next Meadowcreek of Gwinnett.

Gwinnett's Finest

October 30th, 2013
11:17 am

@ OutOfDate, you have lost your mind. Not even close to true.

OutOfDate

October 31st, 2013
6:02 am

Good Coach – but someone said it’s the kids that changed. As a coach it is your job to mold the kids and get them to be what you thing they can be. He runs an out of date system – power football when you dont have any power. Just saying as I see it and yes I have been there since 1997.

TresselForCoach

October 31st, 2013
6:06 am

Jim Tressel is next in line.

Gwinnett's Finest

October 31st, 2013
10:13 am

@ OutOfDate—dingdingding. You are the winner. If a coach tries to fit kids to a system, it just doesn’t work. They have been BAD offensively since the mid 2000’s and it has nothing to do with the players.

OutOfDate

November 1st, 2013
8:31 am

@ Gwinnett’s Finest – So who will be the next one?Robert Hill?

Gwinnett's Finest

November 1st, 2013
8:49 am

I would not think so. Coach F is the only reason he has made it this long. I imagine there are going to be some major changes whoever gets it. This won’t be one of the longtime assistants stepping in and running the same stuff on offense or defense.