2012 BIG EAST Coach of the Year
Kyle Flood has done something in his first two seasons that no other coach in school history has been able to accomplish in their first two years at Rutgers – lead the Scarlet Knights to two consecutive bowl appearances. Flood, the 2012 BIG EAST Coach of the Year, guided Rutgers to its eighth bowl in the last nine seasons with last year’s appearance in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl versus Notre Dame.
Flood has the second-highest total of victories for any coach after two seasons in school history. Four players garnered all-conference honors in 2013 under Flood’s watch for the first time – sophomore tight end Tyler Kroft (first team), sophomore running back Paul James (first team), junior center Betim Bujari (second team) and true freshman return specialist Janarion Grant (second team).
In addition, Kroft earned All-America status from SI.com, becoming the first Rutgers tight end to be named an All-American since Marco Battaglia in 1995. Redshirt freshman middle linebacker Steve Longa earned several Freshmen All-America honors as he ended the season as the first middle linebacker at Rutgers to total over 100 tackles in a season since Gary Brackett in 2002.
Flood’s first year as head coach of the Rutgers football program was as memorable as any first-year coach in Rutgers’ 144 years of football. Flood guided Rutgers to its first BIG EAST Championship, earned BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors and won more games (nine) than any rookie head coach in RU history. Flood was named the 29th head coach at the Birthplace of College Football on January 31, 2012.
Eight players garnered All-BIG EAST honors as the Scarlet Knights tied a school-record with a 5-2 league record. Khaseem Greene became the second player in league history to be named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year for two consecutive seasons.
Greene also became the fourth player in school history to be named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America team, joining former RU standouts Ray Rice, Anthony Davis and Battaglia on the prestigious list. Greene and cornerback Logan Ryan both earned various All-America accolades after the 2012 campaign.
Following the championship 2012 season, a school-record seven players were selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. In addition, five players also signed NFL free agent contracts as a total of 14 players from the 2012 squad joined the professional football ranks.
While being part of a program producing victories at a rate unprecedented in Rutgers’ history, Flood has understood the value of academics for the Scarlet Knights. The Rutgers football program was the lone state university to be ranked in the top 10 percent nationally in APR for the sixth consecutive year in June.
In addition, Rutgers was the only institution to win four bowl games while earning the APR honor in the top 10 percent over the previous six-year span. The latest APR figure coincides with the best football team grade point average since 2000. Three players earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall semester while the team grade point average of 2.96 was a record high for the team for the fourth consecutive semester.
Forty-three players finished the 2013 fall semester with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher while 24 student-athletes earned Dean’s List honors during the fall semester with at least a 3.5 GPA.
Off the field, Flood has made an impact in community service. He has served the past two years as the honorary coach of the New Jersey Special Olympics, serves on the honorary board of directors for Lauren’s First and Goal Foundation and has taken an active role with volunteering with Embrace Kids Foundation.
Flood was one of 17 people honored by the White House among Hurricane Sandy “Champions of Change,” earning the nod for Rutgers’ relief efforts after the deadly fall storm hit the Northeast region. The Rutgers football program under Flood’s leadership has helped raise over $175,000 for the New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.
The Rutgers football team helped after Hurricane Sandy in several ways, including selecting 22 kids affected by Hurricane Sandy to play a flag football game in the final five minutes of the Scarlet-White spring football game, asking game attendees to make a $5 donation and working to remind everyone that there is still a lot to do before the state fully recovers from Hurricane Sandy.
The Champions of Change program gave the White House a chance to honor groups of people doing great work in their communities.
One constant on any coaching staff with Flood is how successful those teams have fared. In 16 of Flood’s 17 seasons as an assistant coach, his teams finished with winning records, including earning a National Championship at Delaware.
A highly respected figure in the coaching profession, Flood has served as the assistant head coach of the program since 2008 and has been a key part in Rutgers’ six bowl appearances over his seven-year tenure as an assistant in Piscataway. In addition to his four years as the assistant head coach, Flood has been in charge of the offensive line since coming to RU in 2005.
During his time ‘On the Banks’, the Rutgers offensive line has consistently produced top-level talent, including several of which who have gone on to the National Football League. Most recently, Anthony Davis became the highest player ever drafted in Rutgers history as the 11th overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft. Davis has started every game of his three-year career with the San Francisco 49ers at right tackle and helped guide the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013.
In 2011, Flood helped tutor true freshman right tackle Kaleb Johnson into one of the nation’s premier rookie offensive linemen, earning Freshman All-America honors. In addition, senior offensive guard Art Forst collected All-BIG EAST First Team honors while senior offensive guard Desmond Wynn was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team. Wynn was signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following the 2012 NFL Draft.
During his time as an assistant coach, Flood has coached 10 All-BIG EAST First or Second Team selections on the offensive line, one All-American and two Freshman All-America honorees.
Flood has helped engineer some of the most potent offenses in Rutgers history – evident in a record-breaking 2007 season. The Scarlet Knights’ offensive line ranked second in the nation with just 10 sacks allowed in addition to an RU offense that became the first in NCAA history to have a 3,000-yard passer, 2,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers in the same season.
The Rutgers offense was ranked 18th nationally in total offense in 2007. The offensive line featured two of the top tackles in the nation in Pedro Sosa and Jeremy Zuttah. Both players earned All-BIG EAST honors and were also invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, with Zuttah becoming a third round selection by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Flood added run game coordinator to his duties in 2007 and his offensive line helped pave the way for All-American running back Ray Rice, who rushed for a school and then-BIG EAST record 2,012 yards that season. Rice went on to become one of the most-recognizable faces in the NFL en route to consecutive Pro Bowl appearances in 2010 and 2011.
In 2006, Flood coached an offensive line that helped Rutgers to one of its most productive seasons, as the group relinquished the fewest sacks in the nation with just eight. His unit was regarded as one of the best in the country and featured Cameron Stephenson and Darnell Stapleton, both who played in the NFL. Flood’s corps of hard-nosed blockers helped guide Rice to an All-America season, as he finished second in the nation with 1,794 yards.
Flood came to Rutgers after three seasons at the University of Delaware, where he helped the Blue Hens to a 30-11 record, including a 15-1 mark in 2003 en route to the NCAA FCS National Championship and a share of the Atlantic 10 title in 2004. He also served as assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator during his stint.
Prior to his three seasons at Delaware, Flood was offensive line coach at Hofstra from 1997-2001. While at Hofstra, he helped the Pride earn berths in the NCAA FCS playoffs in 1997 and 1999-2001. The Pride were among the top offensive teams in the nation during his tenure, ranking second in total offense, fourth in passing and fifth in scoring in 2001.
Flood, a 1993 graduate of Iona College, was a four-year letterwinner for the Gaels. A high school teammate of former Rutgers All-American tight end Marco Battaglia at St. Francis Prep High School in Queens, N.Y., Flood earned First Team All-Liberty Conference honors in 1991 and served as team captain of the Gaels in 1992.
Flood was a 2013 inductee into the Iona College Goal Club Hall of Fame.
Flood’s first college coaching position came in 1995-96 as offensive line coach at Long Island University-C.W. Post. While coaching at C.W. Post, he helped the team to the ECAC Division II Eastern title in 1996. Flood began his coaching career at St. Francis Prep in 1993, as both offensive and defensive line coach in 1993-94.
Flood and his wife, Amy, are the proud parents of three children, Kyle, Isabella and Joseph.
The Flood File
Hometown: Bayside, N.Y.
Alma Mater: Iona, 1993
2012-Pres.: Head Coach, Rutgers
2011: Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line, Rutgers
2009-10: Assistant Head Coach/Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line, Rutgers
2008-09: Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line, Rutgers
2007: Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator, Rutgers
2005-06: Offensive Line, Rutgers
2002-05: Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line, Delaware
1997-2001: Offensive Line, Hofstra
1995-96: Offensive Line, Long Island - C.W. Post
1993-94: Assistant Coach, St. Francis Preparatory High School, N.Y.
Bowl games as a coach:
2013: New Era Pinstripe Bowl
2012: Russell Athletic Bowl
2011: New Era Pinstripe Bowl
2009: St. Petersburg Bowl
2008: PapaJohns.com Bowl
2008: International Bowl
2006: Texas Bowl
2005: Insight Bowl
Playing career as a student-athlete:
Four-year letterwinner and team captain at Iona College