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Memorial Honors Former Coach

By STEVE KING
Beacon Journal staff writer

Legendary Garfield football coach Babe Flossie died last June. Family, school, players pay tribute

Babe Flossie is a legend at Garfield High, and his family and the community made sure his legacy lives on.

A 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.

“He was 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 Rams.
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 times.
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 seasons.
“The Babe Flossie legacy will live on forever,” Tim Flossie said “He will never forgotten. This is just something that was owed to him.”

 


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