Year Inducted: 2003
Nominated By: Dick Vinci
Sports Competed In: Boxing Football, Wrestling
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete
Attended Pueblo Catholic H.S., graduating in 1953...Lettered four years each from 1949-53 in football (end and fullback) and basketball (forward)...Flood was a two-time 1st Team All Conference in football and named 1st Team All Conference one season in basketball.
Went to Pueblo Junior College and played football (end) and was on the boxing team (156 lbs.) for a year (1955-56) before transferring to Sacramento State College (SSC), where he graduated in 1959.. At SSC, spent three years (1956-59) as a boxer at both 156 lbs. and 165 lbs.
● Competed in the 1956 Olympic Trials where he finished runner-up as he was unable to fight in the finals due to a cut.
● Won numerous tournaments, among them: San Jose State, Michigan State, Idaho State, Washington State and University of Nevada Tournaments as well as the 1957 California Polytechnic Tournament and the University of California Tournament.
● NCAA National Champion (1958) at 156 lbs. and placed runner-up at the NCAA Tournament at 165 lbs. in 1959 (He won the semi-final and was unable to defend his title due to a cut).
● Won the Invitational Intercollegiate Boxing Tournament (165 lbs.).
● Chosen twice as the "Outstanding Athlete" at California State University-Sacramento.
● Named to the National Intercollegiate Boxing Association First Team All American (1959).
● Won the 1960 Russ Newland Memorial Award for the Best Boxer.
Joined the U.S. Army for two years (1953-55) where he was on the boxing team at 156 lbs... Won the 1954 Northeast Overseas Boxing Tournament (156 lbs.) which took place at St. Johns, Newfoundland...Placed runner-up at the 1955 Service Championship Tournament held at Parks Air Force Base.
Southern Colorado Golden Gloves Champion Colorado Golden Gloves Champion...Boxed professionally for two years (1960-62) at 156 lbs and posted a career record of 12 wins and 2 losses...Professional boxing career cut short due to an injury in 1961...Named the "Best Preliminary Boxer of 1960" by the Society of California Boxing.
Started his coaching career as an assistant in the football program, the head coach of both the boxing and track teams for three years (1955-57) at Pueblo Catholic H.S...Spent the next two seasons (1957-58) as the head football coach at St. Mary's H.S., before being hired on as an assistant football and track coach at Colorado College where he worked for 32 years (1959-91).
"Jim Flood semifinal bout at 165 pounds was the "The greatest fight ever in the NCAA championship history"... "Jim had one of the remarkable careers as a collegiate and golden glove boxers. An opponent never defeated Jim. His 3 or 4 losses came due to cuts. Jim was ahead in points and the ring doctor stopped the match due to a cut or Jim won the previous night but the ring doctor would not let him fight the next night due a cut...Jim probably would have been a three time NCAA boxing champion but the ring doctor made Jim forfeit the 1959 title due to a cut."
-- an article published in "Sports Illustrated" in 1959, The Jesse Landenberg.
Inducted into the Sacramento Valley Boxing Association Hall of Fame (1984)...Inducted into the California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) Hall of Fame (2002).
Was a coach & Athletic Director for 30 years (1961-91) for the California Youth Authority.