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Oregon Hall of Fame Coaching Staff
Ken Flax
Hall of Fame Inductee
Coach Info:
Position: Hall of Fame Inductee
Other Position: 2010 Inductee, Track & Field (1982-86)
The first NCAA hammer champion in school history, Ken Flax is a two-time Olympian and holds one of the longest-standing records in school history. His career was just beginning under coach Bill Dellinger when Flax helped Oregon win the 1984 national title with a seventh-place finish in the hammer, throwing 222-feet, 3-inches. He repeated All-America honors in 1985 with his third-place throw of 244-5. He also was the Pac-10 hammer champ in 1984 (229-9) and 1985 (243-8). As a senior in 1986, Flax capped his career with his first NCAA title and set a school-record with a hammer toss of 257-0. It is a distance so impressive that no Duck came within 30 feet of that throw for 25 years. It still ranks among the top marks in NCAA history, as well as the American collegiate record, some 25 years after that 1986 NCAA meet. Flax also ranks third on the school’s indoor weight throw list with a best of 64-0.5 coming in 1985. He was named the team’s George Scharpf Outstanding Athlete Award winner for 1985. Following graduation, Flax was a U.S. Olympian for the 1988 and 1992 Summer Games. He was also a two-time American champion in the hammer in 1988 (256-3) and 1990 (249-6).