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Since its inception in 1990, the BMC Salina Athletics Department has produced countless regional and divisional championship teams, All-American players, and people who know the value of working hard on – and off – the field. Learn more about the Lions’ proud history and tradition of excellence.
THE HISTORY OF BROWN MACKIE COLLEGE — SALINA ATHLETICS AND MEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM
In 1990, the Administrator of Brown Mackie College decided that the college could prosper if they would incorporate intercollegiate athletics as a part of the overall college structure. After visiting and counseling with the “high-ups” at different institutions throughout Kansas and in fact, throughout the nation, it was decided that indeed, Brown Mackie College would institute an athletic program. Such a program would give the young men and women who attended the college the chance to enhance their overall educational experience. It further decided that Brown Mackie College would join the ranks as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
The next step was to find someone with both Athletic Administration and coaching experience. In January of 1990, Brown Mackie College hired Francis Flax to structure the athletic programs. In the fall of 1990, Brown Mackie College, under the coaching of Francis Flax, fielded its first ever intercollegiate team, a volleyball team. The team competed as a member of Region VI (Kansas Community/Junior Colleges) and in fact, won more than 20 volleyball games. In the spring of 1991, Flax directed the first softball team in school history, and the team won 20 games while losing only 8. In the fall of 1991, women’s basketball and men’s baseball were added to the sports program, and Jon Froelich was hired to coach both sports.
Now that the athletic era of Brown Mackie College was off and running, it was time to add yet another sport, that being men’s basketball. In the fall of 1992, Brown Mackie hosted Central College of McPherson in its first ever men’s basketball contest, winning in the last few seconds by the score of 81-78. Since that game, Brown Mackie has competed in 651 basketball games (20 seasons). Some of the highlights of the program include: 11 All-Americans, 96 players going on to play at 4-year colleges/universities; 51 All-Region performers; 3 players signing NBA contracts; 16 players playing some level of professional basketball (overseas, minor leagues, etc.); and 2 National Junior College Division II Championships, 1999 and 2005.