Flaska Chosen to Lead Gents Basketball Program
Friday, April 1, 2005

Rob Flaska

SHREVEPORT—Centenary Athletics Director Taylor Moore has announced the hiring of Rob Flaska as the Gents new head men’s basketball coach. The former first assistant at the University of Arkansas will start immediately and will represent Centenary at the Mid-Continent Conference meetings at the NCAA Men’s Final Four in St. Louis this weekend.


“We were very pleased with the pool of applicants that we had to work with but we only brought in two prospects,” said Moore. “Rob’s recruiting involvement helped make him stand out. He has excellent recruiting ties and will be ahead of the game for us in that area.”


Flaska is known for his recruiting abilities as his 2001 class at Texas Christian University ranked 34th in the nation by Hoop Scoop Magazine and his 1999 class of Horned Frogs was touted as the 13th best by the publication. The 1999 class at TCU was also rated as the best in the Western Athletic Conference by Basketball News, Basketball Times, Street & Smith’s, The Sporting News, and Dick Vitale’s.


“I am excited about the challenge of being the head coach at Centenary and I appreciate the opportunity that I have been given,” said Flaska. “I’m excited about being in Shreveport, especially having recruited the area for the last several years. Centenary and the city of Shreveport have a lot of great things to offer and I plan to use them to our advantage.”


Flaska comes to Centenary after spending three seasons as the top assistant for Arkansas coach Stan Heath. He helped the razorbacks earn an 18-12 record this year and an invitation to the NIT, which the school chose not to accept.


“This is a great opportunity for Rob. He will do an outstanding job at Centenary,” said Heath of his former assistant. “His work ethic and passion for the game will infuse energy into their program. He is well-prepared and has good experience, which will help him be successful.”


 Flaska has a wealth of coaching experience of which to draw from other than his time at Arkansas and at TCU under Billy Tubbs. He has served as the head coach at Florida Community College (1996-98) and Mott Community College (1986-91) in addition to spending time as an assistant coach at Texas-Pan American (1991-92), Detroit Mercy (1985-86), and Indiana State (1983-84).


The new Gents coach has also experienced a great deal of success as TCU advanced to the third round of the NIT in 1999 and his Florida CC team qualified for the NJCAA Regional Tournament in each of his three seasons.


In 1995, Trinity Valley CC was the NJCAA national consolation champion after reaching the regional tournament the previous season and his teams at Mott CC participated in the NJCAA Regional Tournament every season from 1988-1991. In addition, he was named Conference Coach of the Year for three consecutive seasons while at Mott CC.  


Flaska takes over the Centenary men’s program after Kevin Johnson resigned last month after six years at the helm. The Gents finished just 3-24 this season after finishing second in the Mid-Continent Conference the previous year.