Flaska coordinated recruiting, schedule

Updated: April 1, 2005, 10:59 AM ET
Associated Press

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Arkansas assistant Rob Flaska has taken the head coaching job at Centenary College in Shreveport, La.

Flaska accepted the Centenary job on Wednesday. He will replace Kevin Johnson, who resigned March 1 after a 3-24 season.

Arkansas coach Stan Heath said Thursday he would try to fill the vacancy within two or three weeks, though that is not a deadline. He would prefer someone with head-coaching experience, and someone who's been coaching at the college level for a while.

"I'm excited about the challenge of being the head coach at Centenary and I appreciate the opportunity that I've been given," Flaska said.

Flaska, 45, was given a three-year contract and will be the only coach at the school with a contract.

Even school president Ken Schwab doesn't have a contract, athletic director Taylor Moore said. "This was out of the ordinary for Centenary but it was a show of faith on both of our parts to give him a chance to build this program."

Flaska was the recruiting coordinator for the Razorbacks and is expected to hit the ground running at Centenary with national signing date just around the corner on April 13.

"Rob has excellent recruiting ties and will be ahead of the game for us in that area," Moore said. "He's already been talking to some kids who should be very good Mid-Continent Conference players."

Moore said the selection committee came up with 15 viable coaching candidates, but narrowed the list to just Flaska and former SMU coach Mike Dement after each committee member ranked the candidates.

Flaska was an assistant coach under Billy Tubbs at TCU from 1999-2002 before joining the Arkansas staff in 2003. His previous head coaching experience was at Florida Community College in Jacksonville, Fla., from 1996-98.


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