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.
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.
tenure at Brown Mackie
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
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.