Widely known throughout the coaching circles, Francis Flax is no stranger to Junior College Basketball. The 2012-2013 season marked his 30th year as a Junior College Coach. Flax is the only men’s coach that Brown Mackie College has every known. As the dean of JC coaches in Kansas, this past season marked his 21st at Brown Mackie College. Prior to Brown Mackie, Flax coached at Highland Community College in Highland, Kansas. He also spent 9 seasons at 2 Kansas High Schools, Spearville and Ellinwood. Ending with the 2012-2013 season, Flax has amassed 708 career wins, including 584 JC wins, with 418 while coaching at Brown Mackie.
Since joining the ranks of NJCAA Division II at the beginning of the 1996-97 season, the Lions have won 364 games and have lost 199. This includes 6 trips to the NJCAA National Tournament, his teams claiming one 5th place finish, two 4th place finishes, one 3rd place finish, and two National Championships. Three of his former players have signed NBA contracts, over 20 have played professionally overseas, but most importantly, well over 100 former players at Brown Mackie have furthered their careers at 4-year schools.
In addition to his High School and Junior College experience, Flax served as the Head Coach of the Kansas Cagerz, a professional team in the United States Basketball League (USBL) from 2000 through 2007. At the end of the 2007 season, Flax had won more games than any other active USBL coach (129).
Flax is a Ransom, Kansas native, and is the father of 4 children; Renee, Lynell, Rachael, and Bryson. He and his wife Carmen reside in Salina.
1997 NJCAA D-II Final Four
1998 NJCAA D-II Final Four
1999 NJCAA D-II National Champions
2002 USBL Finals
2005 NJCAA D-II National Champions
2007 USBL Champions
2008 NJCAA Basketball Hall of Fame
2008 NJCAA Basketball Coaches Association D-II Rep
2009 NJCAA Basketball Coaches Association Vice-President
2010 Court Couch USA Basketball
2010 NJCAA D-II National Championship Fifth-Place
2013 NJCAA D-II National Championship Third-Place
2013 NJCAA Basketball Coaches Association President
Bryson enters his 3rd season as an assistant coach at Brown Mackie College, his 1st as a full-time assistant. An All-State performer in football and basketball at Southeast of Saline High School, he finished his basketball career as the schools all-time leading scorer, scoring over 1,400 points.
After Southeast, Bryson played at Brown Mackie for 2 seasons, 2006-2007 and 2007-2008. He owns the Brown Mackie record for charges taken in a game (6) and charges taken in a season (52). Currently, he also ranks 5th in career assists (5.5), 14th in steals, and 30th in career scoring. During his playing career, he hit 3 game winning baskets for the Lions. Transferring to Kansas Wesleyan University, he assumed the starting Point Guard role during his 2 years in that program. His primary duties on the basketball court as an Assistant Coach are running the strength and conditioning part of the program, as well as teaching the defense.
Bryson has an AAS Degree in Business Administration Management from Brown Mackie, and a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Kansas Wesleyan. In addition to his duties as an assistant basketball coach, Bryson is also Administrative Assistant to the Athletic Director.