A native Akronite, Flanders excelled in football, track and basketball at Kent State in the mid-1930s. He lettered two years (1934-35) in track and two in football (1933-34) under Joe Begala. However, it was in basketball that Flanders starred. he was his alma mater's first sophomore to earn All-Ohio honors, that coming in 1934. Twice he led the Golden Flashes in scoring and in 1936-37 served as the captain of KSU's finest team up to that time. The 1936-37 KSU cagers compiled a 15-7 mark, including 10 consecutive wins, for the best record since 1913. Later, Flanders became a successful high school coach and administrator. His Mogadore High School teams won 70 percent of their games and his 1950 gridders were undefeated.