"Tairia has played and coached at the sport's highest levels and won championships," said Pintens. "She is an outstanding leader and mentor for young women. Coach Flowers brings a wealth of experience to LMU, and will lead the Lions to unparalleled heights."
Flowers, the second-winningest coach in CSUN's Matadors softball program, was a standout athlete at UCLA and won a gold medal as a member of the United States national softball team at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Flowers accumulated 259 Division I wins in her 10 seasons leading the Matadors. She was named Big West Conference Coach of the Year in 2015 when she led the team to the NCAA tournament after winning the conference title outright.
"I'm thrilled with the opportunity to lead the LMU softball team and eager to build upon the success and tradition of the program," Flowers said. "I have great respect for the prestige of the university and the vision of LMU Athletics, and I'm looking forward to coaching some very talented student-athletes."
At UCLA, Flowers helped the Bruins to four consecutive College World Series appearances, and a national championship win in 2003. The two-time All-American (2001, 2003) batted .373 with 61 home runs, 59 doubles, seven triples, and 228 RBIs and ranks second on UCLA's all-time list in home runs, games played (252, all of which were starts), RBIs, and total bases (252). She was named to the Pac-12 Conference's All-Century Softball Team and was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in November 2019.
Flowers played for the U.S. national softball team from 2001-08. In addition to winning gold at the Athens Olympic Games, the team won silver in Beijing in 2008 and a pair of gold medals at the 2002 and 2006 world championships.
Flowers graduated from UCLA with a degree in history in 2005. She and her husband, Jason Flowers, have three children: daughters Jasmine and Tristyn, and son Jayce.
She succeeds Sami Strinz-Ward, who accepted the head coaching position at Texas Tech University.