It has been an unprecedented first year on the job for WCHA Women’s Commissioner Jennifer Flowers. In her first 12 months, she has presided over more upheaval than many administrators see in their whole career.
When she was announced as the successor to Katie Million on June 3, 2019, it seemed like she was advancing her career by stepping up to lead a successful, historic league. She was excited at the opportunity “to be the leader; to be the number one.” It felt like the right time to step into her own space after spending much of her career as someone else’s second-in-command.
Before she had her first day, Flowers found herself wondering if taking the job was the right decision. Less than a month after her hiring was announced and before she officially signed the contract and started work, news broke that seven of the 10 men’s ice hockey teams in the WCHA were exploring leaving the conference to form their own, new conference.