Head Coach Tom Flood
Tom Flood begins his ninth season as GCU’s head men’s and women’s track and field coach in 2018-19. Flood took on the challenge of starting a track and field program at Grand Canyon in the spring of 2010 and under his guidance both programs have had a tremendous amount of success, highlighted by a men’s 2012 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field National Championship and three men's and women's Western Athletic Conference Indoor team titles (2016-18) and two men's and women's WAC Outdoor team titles in 2016 and 2018.
Under Flood’s direction, 125 student-athletes have been crowned champions in WAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships since GCU transitioned to Division I in 2014, including eight-time WAC Champion, Marcus Flannigan, and WAC Outdoor Championship meet record holder in the discus and 2016 Rio Olympian, Tarasue Barnett.
In 2018, Flood led the Lopes to the second sweep of the WAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships. The men took a 16 point team lead into the final day before coasting to a 92-point spread between themselves and the second-place team. The women used a 50-point spread after the final event to secure the team title. Tarasue Barnett broke the WAC Championship meet record in the discus with throw of 60.74-meters.
Under Flood's direction, and in the first year of post-season eligibility, 14 GCU athletes qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round. Of the 14 athletes that qualified for the Preliminary Round, three athletes, Scott Marshall, Marcus Flannigan and Jesse Newman, qualified for the NCAA National Championships held in Eugene, Ore. Jesse Newman finished as GCU's best individual finisher at the national level, finishing ninth overall in the javelin and earned All-American second team honors.
In 2016, for the first time in the men’s and women’s programs, Flood guided the Lopes to a conference sweep for Division I WAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships. During outdoors, GCU’s men team finished 37 points ahead of runner-up Utah Valley while the women finished nearly 30 points ahead of the Wolverines. During indoors, the men’s team finished with a 49-point lead over runner-up Utah Valley. After leading the Lopes to a men’s and women’s WAC Indoor and Outdoor title sweep, Flood was named the WAC Men’s and Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. The six-time WAC Coach of the Year led 35 student-athletes to individual WAC titles, including WAC Heptathlon champion, Pierre-Louis Ricou, and three-time 2016 WAC Champion, Barnett.
The season concluded with Barnett qualifying for Discus throw in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The sophomore from Kingston, Jamaica, finished 16th in the world at the games with best mark among all NCAA competitors.
In 2015, Flood led the men’s and women’s team to second place finishes at the WAC Outdoor Championships that included 12 student-athletes crowned WAC Champions. During the WAC Indoor Championships, the men’s team once again placed runner-up, just 20 points out of first. With 11 student-athletes crowned WAC Champions, Flood earned Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year.
In 2014, during the program’s first transition year to the Division I level, Flood guided the Lopes to stellar performances at both the 2014 WAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships. For his efforts, Flood was named the WAC Women’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. The Grand Canyon men placed second at the indoor championships, falling to Idaho by just one point. During the WAC Outdoor Championships, the women’s team turned in a second-place finish, while the GCU men finished third.
The track and field programs run at the Division II level for Flood and company was highlighted by 87 All-American performances, including three individuals being crowned DII National Champions, and DII Indoor National title for the men’s team.
In 2013, Flood continued to build one of the top Division II track and field programs in the country. In just the program’s third year, Flood led the GCU women to a third-place finish at the Division II Indoor Championships, while the men’s took fourth at the Division II Outdoor Championships. In addition to their success at the national level, the Lopes swept the PacWest Outdoor Conference Championships.
Flood was named the 2013 West Region Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year, while overseeing 50 USTFCCCA All-Region honorees.
In just its second year of existence, Flood guided the men’s indoor track and field program to the Division II Indoor Track and Field National Championships where the Lopes came home with individual National Championship titles in the long jump and 60-meter dash. The women’s team finished sixth at the DII Indoor Championships and best that performance with a fifth-place finish at the DII Outdoor Championships.
Flood’s student-athletes collected 35 All-American nods in 2012 as he was named United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Men’s Indoor Track and Field National Coach of the Year. Additionally, Flood was named the USTFCCCA Men’s and Women’s West Region Coach of the Year for the outdoor season, while also garnering the honor for the men’s indoor season.
As assistant track and field coach at Colorado State, he helped bring unprecedented success to the program, including the Men’s Indoor Conference Championship in 2002. In four seasons, 11 Conference Championships and 32 All-Conference performances, including two-time All-American John Woods and 2002 USATF 400-meter IM hurdles runner-up Megan Addy. In 2000, CSU men’s 4x100 meter relay (consisting of four former walk-on athletes) ran the eighth fastest time in the country that year (39.56).
The success of these athletes should come as no surprise when considering Flood’s past as both a competitor and coach. He was a long and triple jumper at Arizona State from 1979-82. Before coaching at CSU, he worked with Bruce Frankie, former sprints and hurdles coach at Arizona State, and his F.A.S.T. program from 1987-1995. Together, they trained many professional, collegiate and elite high school track and field athletes. Also, during this time he built a highly successful sprints and hurdles program at Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix, Arizona.
Flood is a former football and track standout from Washington High School in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1977, during his sophomore season, the Rams won the State Track and Field Championship. In the fall of 1977, Flood teamed with future NFL quarterback Mike Pagel to reach the State Football Final, losing to Tempe McClintock. In 1978 the No. 1-ranked Rams lost their only game in the State Semifinals. He was elected to the 1979 Arizona vs. Utah All-Star football team that also featured former UCLA football coach and current Pac-12 analyst Rick Neuheisel and former NFL player Pete Mandley. Flood’s nephew Brad Western was an outstanding baseball player for Grand Canyon from 2003-2007.
Flood resides in Arcadia with his son Taylor, daughter Madison and son Cheney.