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, 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
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
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
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.