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(University of Pacific)...Began career in coaching with Oakland after decade as QB with the Raiders ... Succeeded John Madden ... went 11-5 and led his team to SB XV victory in his 2nd year ... 1st minority head coach to win a world championship ... overall coaching record of 105-90 ... won 72.7% of games he coached in postseason
Tom Flores began his coaching career after a decade as a quarterback with the Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, and Kanas City Chiefs (1960-69). He had stints as an assistant with the Buffalo Bills and then with the Raiders under Hall of Fame Coach John Madden winning Super Bowl XI. Flores earned his first head coaching gig in 1979 when he succeeded Madden with the Raiders.
Flores went 9-7 his first season and then 11-5 the following year when he led the team to Super Bowl XV where they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles. The ’81 team was the first Wild Card team to win a Super Bowl and made Flores the first minority head coach to win a world championship. In 1982, the team moved to Los Angeles and in the second year in its new home, Flores lead the Raiders to another Super Bowl championship. The team posted a 12-4 record in 1983 and capped the season with a dominating 38-9 win over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII. At the time, Flores’ two Super Bowl victories were the most of any coach other than Chuck Noll.
In nine seasons with the Raiders, Flores had a regular season record of 83-53 with five playoff berths and an 8-3 record in the postseason. He moved into the Raiders front office before accepting a position with the Seattle Seahawks as the president and general manager. In 1992, he returned to the sideline as head coach of the Seahawks where he spent the next three seasons.
After 12 years as a head coach, Flores ended his career with an overall record of 105-90-0 – a .538 winning percentage. Flores won 72.7% of the games he coached in the postseason. He was named AFC Coach of the Year by United Press International and the Football Writer’s Association in 1982.
NFL PLAYING CAREER: Quarterback – 6-1, 202 – 1960-1961, 1963-1966 Oakland Raiders,
1967-1969 Buffalo Bills, 1969 Kansas City Chiefs (nine playing seasons). Career Statistics: 106 Games. Passing: 838-1715-11,959, 93 TDs, 92 INT, 67.6 rating; Rushing: 82-307, 5 TDs.
1980 Oakland Raiders (AFC, Super Bowl XV champions)
1982 Los Angeles Raiders (AFC* champions)
1983 Los Angeles Raiders (AFC Western Division, AFC, Super Bowl XVIII champions)
1985 Los Angeles Raiders (AFC Western Division champions)
* AFC regular season champions - strike year format
1980 AFC – Oakland Raiders 34, San Diego Chargers 27
1983 AFC – Los Angeles Raiders 30, Seattle Seahawks 14
Super Bowl XV – Oakland Raiders 27, Philadelphia Eagles 10
Super Bowl XVIII – Los Angeles Raiders 38, Washington Redskins 9
Awards and Honors
AFC Coach of the Year
· 1982 (PFWA, UPI)
Full Name: Thomas Raymond Flores
Birthdate: March 21, 1937
Birthplace: Fresno, California
High School: Sanger (CA)
Coaching background: Assistant Coach at Pacific, 1959 · Assistant Coach with Buffalo Bills, 1971 · Assistant Coach with Oakland Raiders, 1972-1978 · Administrative staff member, special projects with Los Angeles Raiders, 1988 · President/General Manager with Seattle Seahawks, 1989-1994
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