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 – lead the Scarlet Knights to two consecutive bowl appearances. Flood, the 2012 BIG EAST Coach of the Year, has guided Rutgers to its eighth bowl in the last nine seasons with this 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 this season 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).
Kyle 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, Marco Battaglia and Anthony Davis 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 joinedprofessional 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. Rutgers finished the spring semester with a 2.98 team GPA as 21 players made the Dean’s List with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
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.
Since arriving at Rutgers, 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
What they are saying about Kyle Flood:
Marco Battaglia, 1995 Consensus All-America tight end and former high school teammate (Rutgers 1992-95)
“I am very excited. Kyle is a great choice and this is a great opportunity for someone in the program. For the last seven years he has shown he is capable to handle this job and was a key part of our success with Greg over the years. He has great character and is the type of guy who people can count on. He is a great quality human being.”
Anthony Davis, San Francisco 49ers starting right tackle and the 11th overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft (Rutgers 2007-09)
“Coach Flood is the right guy for the job. The kids that get to play for him are lucky and their parents should be comfortable knowing that their kids are not only in a great program, but also with a great coach. More importantly, Coach Flood is a great father figure and a great man!”
Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com National College Football Writer
"Kyle Flood is a deserving successor to Greg Schiano having had a hand in what has been accomplished at Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights are in good hands for years to come."
Kevin Haslam, Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman (Rutgers 2005-09)
“I think Coach Flood will do a great job as head coach of the program. He is one of the best teachers I have ever had in the game of football. The first thing he said every year to us was ‘Football is about the details’ and that’s what I learned most from Coach Flood and I still use that every day. He is extremely competitive and wants the best out of everyone.”
Matt Hayes, Sporting News National College Football Writer
“Kyle Flood wasn’t hired to save a recruiting class, or to please high school coaches in the state of New Jersey. Any such talk minimizes how he has developed — and the job he has done -- in seven years at Rutgers. Make no mistake: he’s ready for the position. What he must do — and what Schiano did so well — is surround himself with assistants who can recruit and teach, and who have bought into his philosophy of running a program. Schiano made Rutgers a winner because everyone was focused on the same goal. The most important thing Flood gleaned from his time with Schiano was that blueprint for success.”
Brett McMurphy, CBSSports.com National College Football Writer
"It’s no coincidence that since Kyle Flood joined Rutgers’ staff in 2005 that the Scarlet Knights had a winning record in six of his seven seasons. In his past 17 seasons as an assistant at Hofstra, Delaware and Rutgers, Flood’s teams have had 16 winning records, including capturing the Division I-AA national title at Delaware. Under Flood, Rutgers annually featured one of the nation’s top offensive lines, just look at the plethora of NFL Draft picks he’s developed. Look for Flood to lead Rutgers to its first elusive Big East title."
Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens starting running back, 2010 and 2011 NFL Pro Bowl selection (Rutgers 2006-08)
“Coach Flood is a great man and a great coach. It was a pleasure to have him as a coach while I was at Rutgers.”
Joe Schad, ESPN College Football Reporter
“Rutgers needs a football coach who understands the tri-state culture, who has relationships with and the respect of New Jersey high school coaches, who has energy and passion about recruiting and the belief that championships can be won at Rutgers. On all those counts, Kyle Flood fits the bill.”
Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach (Rutgers Head Coach 2001-11)
“I am extremely happy for Kyle, his family and the entire Rutgers Football family. It is exciting to see a friend whom you coached with for so many seasons get an opportunity to lead these terrific young men.”
Kelly Whiteside, USA Today National College Football Writer
"As the words of Rutgers' alma mater proclaim, it's 'The Time of the Flood.' With Kyle Flood, and the success of the past decade, that time has come."