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St. Francis Prep alum Kyle Flood reshaping Texas offense
Kyle Flood is in year two of his tenure as the Texas Longhorns offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. (Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

St. Francis Prep alum Kyle Flood reshaping Texas offense

QUEENS, N.Y. (BVM) – Kyle Flood is in the midst of reshaping a Texas program in year two of its most recent transformation. After Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian was tasked with bringing the Texas Longhorns back to relevancy after his hiring in January of 2021, Flood has been hard at work trying to leave his mark on the team’s offense. 

Before Flood was hired as the Longhorns offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, the Queens native was a part of a talented St. Francis Prep football team, which also featured All-American tight end Marco Battaglia. Flood would go on to play as an offensive lineman at Iona, where he lettered in all four seasons.

As Flood transitioned to coaching following his collegiate career, the former Terriers lineman found his way back to St. Francis Prep where he got his first chance at coaching his past position group. With two seasons back at home, Flood would move on to bigger openings at C. W. Post, Hofstra, and Delaware, before catching his first big break with his hiring at Rutgers. 

Under head coach Greg Schiano, Flood worked his way up through the assistant coaching ranks from 2005-2011. Following Schiano’s departure after the 2011 season, Flood was given his first opportunity to head a collegiate program. From 2012-2015, Flood led the Scarlet Knights to mixed results.

Kyle Flood Texas Longhorns
Texas Longhorns offensive coordinator Kyle Flood on the field before the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium and Cody Campbell Field. (Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports)

Not able to quite find the same success as his predecessor, Flood would be let go from the program’s head coaching position. The Queens native would rebound following a year off from the game, landing as an assistant offensive line coach under Sarkisian with the Atlanta Falcons. The connection with Sarkisian would continue, with stops in Alabama and now Texas. 

Following a 5-7 opening season down in Austin, Flood and the Longhorns offense came into 2022 with a changed mindset. After implementing a new system and a new culture, Flood and Sarkisian entered the year with high hopes. With highly-touted quarterback Quinn Ewers set to start during the campaign, the Texas offense had become one of the most talked about units in college football. After an early Week 1 win, the Longhorns entered a pivotal Week 2 matchup against Alabama. With Flood and Sarkisian’s offense on full display, the Longhorns jumped on the Crimson Tide early throughout the matchup. After an injury to Ewers in the first quarter quickly halted the early momentum, Alabama would subsequently pull away. 

With the disappointing loss came a handful of positives. Texas had quickly flipped the narrative that had surrounded them for so many years, and with Ewers set to return from his injury in the near future, Flood and the Longhorns seemed to be moving in the right direction. 

With a long season to go, the Queens native has already piqued the interest of the college football world, no matter how things end up. He will likely be on all team’s radars heading forward.

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