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Former UIC pitcher John Flood returned to his alma mater in the 2008-09 season to don the number 26 once again. Flood, who was a key member of the 2003 pitching staff that guided the Flames to the school's first-ever NCAA Regional berth, serves as UIC baseball's recruiting coordinator and assistant coach. In his first two years with Flames, Flood worked as a volunteer assistant coach.
Flood is widely known as one of the top college recruiters in the Midwest and annually produces some of the best newcomer classes in the Horizon League.
A native of Mt. Vernon, Ill., Flood originally came to UIC in the fall of 2001 and, after sitting out the 2002 season as a redshirt, made a huge impact in his debut campaign in 2003. He went 6-2 in 13 appearances, starting 10 games, to go with a 3.68 earned run average during UIC's Horizon League tournament title run and inaugural NCAA Regional appearance. After a torn labrum in his right shoulder that required surgery hampered his collegiate pitching career, Flood entered the coaching ranks.
He spent two years with the St. Louis Pirates, one of the premier amateur baseball programs in the Midwest, as the club's head coach and director of player development. During Flood's tenure with the Pirates, the club saw unprecedented success in a variety of areas. It grew over 400%, and in two years over 50 of his players moved on to play college baseball. Three of his players were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including Jake Odorizzi, who was taken 32nd overall by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008.
Flood graduated from UIC with a Bachelor of Science in finance in 2006. He and his wife Jeanna have one son, Jackson.
E-mail Coach Flood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twitter Handle: JFLOfromMtV