Salina Saints Head Coach, Andre Favors

Originally from Griffin, Georgia, Favors has been a familiar face in the local basketball scene as a coach and referee for more than thirteen years.  Favors came to Salina on a basketball scholarship through Kansas Wesleyan University in the early nineties after playing for a year at Garden City Community College.   While at Kansas Wesleyan, Favors earned an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science. 

Favors’ coaching career started when his kids were younger and competing in sports and eventually led to greater responsibility.  In 2004, Favors was hired as the men’s assistant basketball coach at Brown Mackie.  Favors then spent two more seasons as the women’s head basketball coach from 2005-2007.  All three years, he also coached Brown Mackie softball in the spring.  In March, Favors was hired by Owner, Scott Gardner to coach the Saints.

 “I’m honored to be coaching players at this level,” Favors said, “We’re looking forward to a great season.  I’m excited to see these young men develop and find success..

As a coach, Favors is well-known for his fairness on the court.  He believes in equal playing time for all.  His personal coaching philosophy is a mix of styles used by the seven coaches Favors played for in his lifetime.  His high school basketball coach, James Martin, was his most influential because Martin also made himself available as a mentor to players.  Favors has adopted a similar approach.

“Of course, my goal is to see these kids become better players,” Favors said, “but my heart is not just to coach them, ultimately it is to lead them to success in life.”

Aside from coaching, Favors also regularly volunteers as a referee for high school basketball and Salina Rec leagues.  When it came time to help Gardner gather the Saints, Favors already had his eye on a handful of local players that he personally invited to tryouts.  Several of those players made the team.

Favors is an active member of St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church but he, himself, has also pastored previously.  He is currently employed as a Life Skills Trainer at OCCK.  Favors and his wife, Bridget, have been happily married for 18 years and have four children.  

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