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  • Brown Mackie
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Crouch, 23, was recruited 2 1/2 ..., 16 June 2012 [cached]
Crouch, 23, was recruited 2 1/2 years ago to play basketball at the Salina junior college by longtime Brown Mackie coach Francis Flax. Before Flax came to his rescue, Crouch said he was headed for a life of trouble.
"I was on the streets of Gary, Indiana, before I came here, and that should say it all," Crouch said. "When I came here, I learned so much from Coach, and not just about basketball. I grew up a ton here."
During his two years at Brown Mackie, Crouch said, Flax became the father figure he never had growing up.
"I don't think I could have made it through college without Coach Flax," said Crouch, who graduated from Brown Mackie in May. "He's firm but fair. He'll help you if you need help, but he'll also help you help yourself. He kept me motivated doing what I love to do."
Crouch isn't the only Brown Mackie basketball player who has adopted Flax as a father. Each Father's Day, Flax fields dozens of calls, text messages and emails from former players wishing him a good day or telling him they miss him.
Never mention a father
After 20 seasons at Brown Mackie, Flax, 65, has coached hundreds of players and is touched by those who make an effort to stay in contact.
Like Crouch, many of these players came from single-parent homes without a father.
"When you talk to the players during recruitment, in the majority of instances they'll never mention a father -- it's always a mother or grandmother," Flax said.
While Flax embraces being a father figure to young men who join his basketball program, he said he's anything but easy on them.
"I demand a lot from them on and off the court," he said.
"These former players know exactly what I expect and how tough it is for a kid to be thousands of miles away from home and be a man," said Flax, who also coached Salina's Kansas Cagerz professional basketball team from 2000 to 2007.
"I instill a good work ethic," he said. "When players go to one of our practices, they get a well-rounded, thought-out, rigorous two hours of practice. My motto is, 'My way or your way, and your way isn't the right way.' "
There were life lessons
Donnie Palmer played for Flax at Brown Mackie in 2004 and 2005 and remembers basketball practice as more than just practice -- they were life lessons.
"Coach Flax taught me how to work hard and never give up on anything," said Palmer, 28, who now lives in Boston and is pursuing a professional boxing career.
During his two years at Brown Mackie, Palmer said, Flax definitely was a father figure for him.
Spencer, 35, said his bad attitude caused Flax to ban him from competing in a national championship tournament in 1997.
"I was being stubborn and rebellious, so Coach Flax told me I wasn't going to the national championship," said Spencer, who now lives in Hillside, N.J. "So I stayed home, and they lost.
"Coach Flax taught me to be calm, cool and collected and to approach challenges with a businesslike attitude," Spencer said.
"Coach Flax was a great mentor to me. He's a real humble man, and I learned how to be a loving person from watching him and his family. I can apply everything I learned from him to numerous situations in life."
Oldest of 15 children
Flax was born in Ransom, the oldest son of 15 children, "so I had some early responsibilities to learn while watching my younger siblings," he said.
After high school graduation in 1964, Flax went to college at St. Mary of the Plains in Dodge City, where he joined the basketball team. Flax admitted he wasn't a very good player.
"But I sat right next to the coach and tried to figure out why he called time out when he did or substituted one player for another," he said. "I loved athletics, and I loved basketball."
Flax's first basketball coaching job after college was at Spearville High School, where he coached two seasons before being drafted into the Army. After leaving the Army, he taught for seven years at Ellinwood High School and then nine years at Highland Community College.
A role Dad accepted
Flax was hired at Brown Mackie in 1990 to start athletic programs. After developing softball, volleyball, baseball and women's basketball programs, Flax started a men's basketball program in 1992.
Flax may be 65, but he said he plans to continue coaching basketball for years to come or until "I get tired of going to practice."
"I love to teach and go to practice, and I love watching these guys go from here to a four-year college," he said. "Some have gone beyond that. It's very gratifying."
Coach Francis Flax (lower center), with members of his basketball team after a recent practice. (photo by Tom Dorsey / Salina Journal)
This year's inductees include four ..., 8 Feb 2008 [cached]
This year's inductees include four well-respected and deserving coaches in Bill Carlyle, Francis Flax, Joe O'Brien and Paige Rowden, as well as a former two-time All-American Ned Duncan.
Carlyle, Duncan, O'Brien and Rowden will be honored at the 2008 NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., on March 18, while Flax will be recognized at the 2008 NJCAA Division II Men's Tournament in Danville, Ill., on March 19.
Francis Flax Known by many in NJCAA basketball circles, Flax represents the very best of two-year college athletics.He is currently in his 16th season as athletic director and men's basketball coach at Brown Mackie College (Kan.) where he was instrumental in starting their athletic program in 1990 and thus fielding its first men's basketball team in 1992.
During his tenure at Brown Mackie, Flax has seen his program go from non-existing to NJCAA Division II National Championships in 1999 and 2005.Flax has amassed a 302-190 record at Brown Mackie while leading his Lion teams to six Region 6 titles and four appearances at the Division II National Tournament, including two titles and two fourth place finishes.
He has coached 39 All-Region 6 players and seven NJCAA All-Americans.More importantly, 80 players under his guidance have received scholarships to four-year colleges and universities.
Flax has been named NJCAA District Coach of the Year four times (1997, 98, 99, 2005) and NJCAA Division II Coach of the Year twice (1999, 2005).He has also earned Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year honors twice (1999, 2005).
Flax is very active in the NJCAA Basketball Coaches Association and has twice served as the keynote speaker at their annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nev.
Prior to Brown Mackie, Flax served as athletic director and men's basketball coach at Highland Community College (Kan.) from 1979-1988.Combined with his record at Brown Mackie, he has a career NJCAA record of 477-370 in 25 years.
Since 2000, Flax has also been head coach of the Kansas Cagerz of the United States Basketball League (USBL), a professional summer league, and recently led them to the 2007 USBL Championship. - SPORTS, 2 April 2004 [cached]
Cagerz coach Francis Flax, who also serves as athletic director at Brown Mackie and is vice president of the foundation, said a recent donation made the sponsorship possible.
"The reason we were able to do this was an anonymous donor came forward and gave us a check and said, ‘Take this, do with it what you want to make money for your foundation,' " Flax said.
"The chance for us to play in front of our home fans is the biggest benefit I can see," Flax said.
Flax said Mike Taylor, a former assistant with the Dodge City Legend, will join the coaching staff.
Flax said an offer has been made for the position of top assistant, but that nothing has been finalized.
Kansas Cagerz - Salina, Kansas, 24 Sept 2009 [cached]
Francis Flax: Head Coach,
The Salina Journal | Sports, 3 Feb 2003 [cached]
"The e-mail said he was tired of signing book autographs and not to expect him to be in a Cagerz uniform this season," Cagerz coach Francis Flax said."I called (KU assistant coach) Joe Holladay on Thursday to ask him what's going on.
"I'd love to have him, but I don't want to get into a Martin Lewis situation," Flax said."If you want to play, bring it.If you don't, then don't.I think we'll be successful with or without him, but I'd like to see what he can do."
Lewis, a former Cager, signed a contract last season and repeatedly said he would play, but never reported and the team released him March 23.
Flax said Saturday Lucas, a rugged 6-foot-9 center, is eager to come back.
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