Bryson Flax is the new Head Coach at Brown Mackie College. Prior to being promoted to Head Coach, Bryson spent 4 years as an assistant coach under a Hall of Fame coach, his father, Francis. As an assistant, Bryson’s duties consisted primarily of leading the strength program as well as post-player development. He was on staff in the 2013 season when the Lions went 29-6 on their way to a 3rd place finish at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.
Bryson played collegiately at Brown Mackie College for two seasons before transferring to Kansas Wesleyan University for the remainder of his career where he held the Starting Point Guard role.
Prior to college, Bryson graduated from Southeast of Saline High School in Gypsum, KS. He was part of the state championship football team in 2005. He also was the all-time leading scorer in school history, scoring more than 1400 points throughout his 4 years.
Bryson holds an A.A.S. degree in Business Administration Management from Brown Mackie College, a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Kansas Wesleyan University, and he is working toward his master’s degree in Leadership. He resides in Salina with his fiancé, Christina, and their children Gracelynn and Ray.
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. Prior to Bryson Flax’s appointment as Head Coach, Francis was the only men’s coach that Brown Mackie College had ever known.
As the Dean of JC coaches in Kansas, this past season marked his 21st at Brown Mackie College. Prior to Brown Mackie College, Francis coached at Highland Community College in Highland, Kansas. He also spent nine seasons at two Kansas high schools, Spearville and Ellinwood. Ending with the 2012-2013 season, Francis had amassed 708 career wins, including 584 JC wins, with 418 while coaching at Brown Mackie.
After joining the ranks of NJCAA Division II at the beginning of the 1996-97 season, the Lions won 364 games and lost 199. This included six trips to the NJCAA National Tournament, Francis’s 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 and more than 20 have played professionally overseas. Most importantly, well over 100 former players at Brown Mackie have furthered their careers at four-year schools.
In addition to his high school and junior college experience, Francis 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, Francis had won more games than any other active USBL coach (129).
He is a Ransom, KS native and is the father of four children - Renee, Lynell, Rachael, and Bryson. He and his wife, Carmen, reside in Salina, KS.
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