Elcho School District names
its gymnasium after local Catholic

By Lisa Haefs | For The Compass | March 1, 2022

New facility christened the ‘Charlie Flood Fieldhouse’

Two photos to go with the story about the Charlie Flood Fieldhouse dedication. Large group are members of the Flood family. The second shows Tammy King, (left) who spearheaded the effort, and Michelle Flood Kincaid, Charlie’s daughter and the Elcho HIgh School boys’ basketball coach. (Lisa Haefs | For The Compass)

ELCHO — People and businesses with deep pockets sometimes buy their way onto the front of sports and entertainment venues.

Elcho’s Charlie Flood earned his.

In February ceremonies, the school gymnasium — constructed as part of a 2019 addition — was christened the “Charlie Flood Fieldhouse” in honor of a pillar of the community.

“The passion he had for this community, this school, these people, all of us, was unmatched and sets a standard we should all strive to attain,” the dedication plaque reads. “Charlie never met a stranger, just friends he hadn’t encountered before.”

Flood, whose family attends Holy Family Parish in Elcho and St. Joseph Parish in Crandon, died on March 3, 2020, at the age of 86. He left behind a wife, Angie, four children, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and generations of young athletes whom he had guided on and off the court.

Dave Visser, Elcho school board president, noted that it was the first time in the school’s history that a district facility was named in honor of an individual.

“When the official request was made, I don’t think there was any hesitation to go ahead with naming our new fieldhouse after Charlie,” Visser said. “It’s a way to honor Charlie, and to celebrate this wonderful fieldhouse that will serve students well into the future.”

Flood graduated from Elcho High School in 1951 and, with the exception of college and military service, never really left. He worked in the school’s maintenance department, in addition to serving as a coach, volunteer and mentor.

“Generations of his family continue to walk these halls,” the plaque reads. “His legacy lives on in each of us. … Whatever it took, Charlie was willing and ready.”

Flood’s daughter, Michelle Kincaid, is the current Elcho boys’ basketball coach.

“Our family feels honored and proud knowing that friends, colleagues and past players thought so much of him,” Kincaid said. “Having the plaque with kind words and a picture of him is a daily reminder of the love and dedication he had for the Elcho community and school.”

Flood began his coaching career as a boys’ basketball varsity assistant in 1986, coaching his son, Kurt, when the team won conference honors in 1988. He moved to the girls’ basketball program in 1993, stepping in when the coach quit the night of a game.

“Dad didn’t even know the girls,” Kincaid said, explaining that the school’s athletic director, Chris White, turned to him in the tough moment. “He dropped everything and came out and coached the game. That’s the kind of guy he was.”

He stayed on as the girls’ coach until Kincaid took over that program in 1999, returning to the boys’ team as an assistant.

“I always had Dad there to help me,” she said. “He wasn’t an easy coach, but he always found something positive to say to a player. He always ended up with something positive.”

Flood also helped coach girls and boys at all levels. He volunteered his custodial duties for the multiple elementary boys and girls tournaments and ran the clock for varsity and junior varsity football games.

The fieldhouse naming project was spearheaded by Tammy Meister King, a high school and college athlete and 1980 Elcho graduate. She often worked with Flood during her decades of volunteering for the district.

“This school, this fieldhouse, is the heartbeat of this community,” King said. “This is the center of what makes our school and town great. It’s because of all of us. It’s the success stories of the graduates who have gone before us. It’s the success in the futures of the current student body. It’s the investment in our present for our future. Charlie always knew that. That is why he deserves this honor.”

In addition to his work with the school, Flood dedicated his time as sexton for the town of Elcho and Holy Family Catholic cemeteries, being responsible for their upkeep.

“He was very spiritual, and his faith was strong,” Kincaid said. “We knew that by the way that he raised us. It was important to him and the closer you got to him, the more you realized that.”

Flood’s spirituality and faith is reflected in that dedication plaque, which has already been viewed by hundreds of family, friends, fans, alumni, and former players and coaches. The plaque reads. “We will be forever grateful and strive to honor his legacy for generations.”

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