Beacon Journal staff writer
football coach Babe Flossie died last June. Family,
school, players pay tribute
Flossie is a legend at Garfield High, and his family and
the community made sure his legacy lives on.
monument weighing close to a ton was recently dedicated
to Flossie, the Rams’ longtime football coach who died
last June of a heart attack.
Flossie’s hard work and dedication influenced the many
people he mentored.
truly a unique individual,” said former Garfield
football coach Bill McGee, who played under Flossie for
two years and coached with him for 10. “His personality
as a coach and a person is what made him so remarkable.”
The ceremony, attended by about 100 of Flossie’s friends
and family members was held at the school.
Flossie’s memorial list the record of 185-67, with 10
ties, complied during the 24 years as head coach of the
A golf outing and other donations helped raise money to
purchase the black marble monument. Officials declined
to reveal the cost of the monument.
“This is basically a tribute to him and what he’s done
for everyone throughout his entire life,” said his son –
and longtime area coach – Tim Flossie.
Babe Flossie is one of two coaches to be named Akron
Touchdown Club’s Summit County Coach of the Year three
Flossie started a tradition at Garfield that included
sending many players to the Big Ten, and later, the NFL.
His players included Larry Poole ( Kent State and
Cleveland Browns), Jim Lash and Steve Craig (both of
Northwestern and Minnesota Vikings) and Dave Brown (
Michigan and Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks).
Flossie created a dynasty that included 17 City Series
championships appearances, 13 title and three unbeaten
“The Babe Flossie legacy will live on forever,” Tim
Flossie said “He will never forgotten. This is just
something that was owed to him.”