Tairia Flowers enters her fourth year as an assistant coach for the 49ers, where her duties include assisting with the batters, outfielders and catchers.
In her first season at The Beach, Flowers guided the offense to its fourth-best batting average (.260) in program history, while in 2008, the 49ers hit for a respectable .251 clip.
Flowers, an Olympian and former UCLA standout, has been a member of the USA National Team since 2001 and won a Gold Medal as a member of the 2004 Olympic Softball Team in Athens. Most recently, Flowers and the national team captured a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She also won gold medals at the 2003 Pan Am games, the 2002 and 2006 World Championships and the 2001 U.S. Cup.
In 2005, Flowers played with the Arizona Heat in the National Pro Fastpitch League, and earned all-star status. She currently plays professionally with the PFX Tour, where she has starred for the last two seasons.
In the summer of 2007, Flowers had an outstanding season in international play, leading the team by hitting .543 (19-for-35) with 22 RBI and six home runs. She hit a grand slam at the KFC World Cup and was named the Canada Cup MVP as Team USA won both events. The team also won another gold at the Pan American games.
A four-year letterwinner at UCLA, Flowers went to the Women's College World Series in each year of her career and was a member of the 2003 national championship team. She earned All-American honors in 2001 and 2003 and was a three-time member of the All-College World Series Team. Prior to joining the Long Beach State staff, Flowers spent one year with UC Riverside.
Flowers is married to Jason Flowers, and has one step-daughter, Jasmine.