Taylor and Kinne Join Gents Basketball Staff
Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Bobby Taylor

Jud Kinne

SHREVEPORT - Centenary men’s basketball coach Rob Flaska has announced the hiring of Robert "Bobby" Taylor and Justin "Jud" Kinne as assistant basketball coaches. Taylor and Kinne fill the vacancies left by former assistants Mike Smith and Joey Tolis who have pursued other career opportunities. Both new coaches have reported to Centenary and have begun their coaching duties as members of the Gents staff.

Taylor has amassed a great deal of basketball coaching experience dating back to his first position at Paris Junior College from 1996-1998. From there, he spent two seasons as an assistant at Grand Valley State before taking the same post at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi from 2000 to 2002. During his time with the Islanders, Taylor became very familiar with Centenary as both athletic programs were independent at the time and battled each other twice a season over a multi-year period. He then became a head coach for Kansas City Elite Basketball, INC and most recently served as Player Personnel Director for the Grand Rapids Rampage of the Arena Football League.

"Bobby brings a wealth of college coaching experience, having worked at a number of schools and he has strong ties in the South, Southwest, and Midwest," said Flaska of his new hire. "He is a former player of mine who knows my style of coaching and can combine that with his very aggressive coaching ability to help take our program to a championship level."

Taylor was a NJCAA All-Region and MCCAA All-State performer under Flaska at Mott Community College. He was also an All-Mid-American Conference selection in 1990 at the University of Toledo.

"I’m really excited about being a part of the Centenary family and being reunited with Coach Flaska," said Taylor. "We are going to build a program that all Centenary students, staff, faculty, and alumni can and will be proud of."

Kinne comes to Centenary from Arizona State where he was an assistant. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach at Marygrove College in Detroit for two years and he began his coaching career while still a student at Albion College. In addition to his coaching stints, Kinne has also worked numerous camps including those hosted by Michigan State, Michigan, San Diego State, and Arizona State to name a few.

"Jud brings fresh and innovative ideas to our program," said Flaska. "He is very versatile and provides us with strong recruiting ties, solid coaching experience, and strong administrative skills, which will help our program tremendously."

"Centenary is an outstanding school, and I am thankful for this opportunity," said Kinne upon his appointment. "I am very excited to be a part of the Centenary men’s basketball program, and for the chance to work with such a great group of student-athletes. Coach Flaska is a wonderful coach who is very well respected as a great teacher and recruiter. I look forward to taking the next step with this team and this program."

"Adding Bobby and Jud to our staff gives us a strong coaching group and provides the leadership necessary to create a successful program," said Flaska.