Richard T. Flood '23

Class of 2014

Hockey, Crew, Baseball

As a student at Nobles, Dick Flood was president of his class, a top scholar, an editor of the Nobleman, and manager of the football team. He loved sports and participated enthusiastically wherever the opportunity or team needs presented themselves. As the 1923 yearbook explains: “Dick made a good goal-tender for the Hockey Team, and when he grew too heavy to cox the crew, he took up baseball and made a name for himself in that line.”

Dick returned to teach and coach at Nobles in 1928. He became hockey coach in 1932, during the era when the team practiced and played on Motley’s Pond and was subject to the whims of winter. In 1933, the ice conditions only allowed for three total games and not a single practice! In one game against St. Mark’s, two players fell through the ice in front of their own bench. Dick’s teams were frequently called upon to shovel the snow before practice or games, especially in 1948 when a record-breaking winter in Massachusetts made this task a daily responsibility. Despite having to clear nearly 90 inches of snow that season, the Nobles team was undefeated and won the league championship. During one stretch, between 1946 and 1956, the Nobles team did not lose a single game against Milton. Dick compiled an overall record of 138-54-21 during his career for a remarkable winning percentage of .697. In 1974 he was elected to The Massachusetts Hockey Coaches Hall of Fame. Dick, his two sons and three grandchildren participated in over 700 hockey games at Nobles. Although the sport of hockey at Nobles has evolved considerably from those early days, Dick is often credited with elevating the program at the school, leading it in many ways to its current state of strength in the ISL, in New England and even on our Olympic teams.

Dick joined the Navy following Pearl Harbor and served as a lieutenant commander teaching aerial gunnery in Florida. He returned to Nobles after the war in 1945 and served as Assistant Headmaster and Admissions Director, taught Latin and German, and chaired the History Department until he retired in 1971. He also contributed to Nobles through fundraising and is credited with starting the Annual Nobles Fund as well as starting The Bulletin, one of the early school publications directed toward its graduates.

Dick passed away in 1996, but his legacy remains alive here at Nobles and particularly in the hockey rink that bears his name. A legendary coach and school leader, he is an essential part of the history and the proud athletic tradition of this school.

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