- Ann Arbor US-MI
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Michigan native Craig Flocken has dedicated more than 20 years to the people of Ann Arbor and Dexter, Michigan, as a member of the police force and a coach for youth sports teams. Through continued formal education and training, Flocken has developed his skills as a multi-faceted officer of the law and mentor to youth on the field hockey pitch and softball field. Craig Flocken first explored a career in law enforcement at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, where he earned an Associate degree in Criminal Justice. He later attended Eastern Michigan University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Between his time at these schools, Flocken served as a police officer with the Fairfield Police Department in Connecticut. While at EMU, he served the Ann Arbor Police Department as a police officer. Flocken worked with the Department's Special Problems Unit and was a Field Training Officer for new hires. He was also the Department's first K9 Unit handler. In 1998, Flocken was promoted to Sergeant and has been serving the City of Ann Arbor since then within the Patrol Division. Flocken was also a part-time instructor at Washtenaw Community College Police Academy until 2006. Flocken has also spent much time coaching youth sports. From 2000 to 2007, Flocken was a coach and board member for the Little Leagues in both Lincoln Consolidated School District and Dexter. In fast-pitch softball, Flocken has served as an Assistant Coach of the Dexter High School varsity team, and also as an Associate Head Coach of a girls’ travel fast-pitch softball team. He holds a Level 1 coaches rating with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. For the past six years, Craig Flocken has helped expand the growth of field hockey in Michigan. In 2006, Flocken became interested in field hockey when his daughter began playing during high school. In 2007, he started coaching the sport as an assistant with the Washtenaw Whippets, a multi-jurisdictional high school team. He continued as an Assistant Coach during 2008 and 2009, working with the Whippets’ JV and Varsity teams. In 2010, Dexter High School started a field hockey program and Flocken became the Head Coach. He is still the Head Coach, overseeing the school’s Varsity and JV squads. Craig Flocken belongs to the United States Field Hockey Association and maintains a Level 1 coaching certification with the organization. In 2012, he will be part of the USFHA Futures coaching staff for the Michigan region. Flocken was also elected President of the Michigan High School Field Hockey Association in 2012 and is serving the first year of a two-year term.