Flaska Joins Taliaferro In Job Search

FAYETTEVILLE -- Two of Arkansas coach Stan Heath's assistant coaches are now pursuing head coaching positions at other schools.

Assistant coach Oronde Taliaferro said last Wednesday in Atlanta he was "definitely interested" in the opening at homestate Eastern Michigan.

On Tuesday, assistant coach Rob Flaska sent in his resume to Eastern Illinois for its head coaching job vacated by 25-year veteran Rick Samuels, whose contract was not renewed this season.

Taliaferro and Flaska have both been at Arkansas for each of Heath's first three seasons.

After coaching wing players in his first two seasons, Flaska did very little on-court teaching in practice or games this season as his role was changed to administrative assistant in charge of scheduling and coordinating recruiting.

Darren Sorenson, who joined Heath's staff in 2003, took over Flaska's instructional duties.

Taliaferro said Monday that he has talked to officials at Eastern Michigan about the opening created by Jim Boone's firing after five non-winning seasons.

Taliaferro hasn't interviewed yet and he said the selection committee process could take as long as three weeks.

"I know most of the coaches in the Ohio Valley," Flaska told the Journal-Gazette/Times Courier of Coles County, Ill. "From being a junior college coach, I was very familiar with the league and the coaches.

"Fortunately, I've been at two (major college) schools, but obviously I want to be a head coach."

Heath was out of the office Wednesday and unavailable for comment.

Flaska was an assistant coach under Billy Tubbs at TCU from 1999-2002 and helped the Horned Frogs rank in the nation's top four in scoring for all four seasons.

He helped sign the Western Athletic Conference's top recruiting classes in all four seasons and he has a winning record as a head coach at the junior college level.

He was 185-75 in eight seasons at Florida Community College (64-31, 1996-98) and Mott (Mich.) Community College (121-44, 1991-97).

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