1999 Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame Inductee
Category: MULTIPLE SPORTS/COACHING
Parents: Mary and Grady Fielder
Sons: Vincent, Kevin, Floyd Jr.
Floyd grew up on the north side of Flint. He attended Fairview Elementary, Lowell Junior High and Flint Northern High School. He played football and ran track while at Northern.
In 1941, Floyd won first place on the shuttle hurdle relay team along with Bill Hamilton, Hezakiah Bibbs and Leo Sloan.
He ran track in the U.S. Navy, and broke two records in the 100 yard dash with a time of 10.6 and in the 120 yard hurdles with a time of 14 seconds flat. Floyd was the high point man at the Island Track Meet (U.S. Navy) with 14 points, and at Naval Base Camp Annex Track Meet, he won the 110 yard hurdles with a time of 13.2.
Floyd served a brief stint as the director of boxing and wrestling at Hampton Institute.
As a boxer in the Flint Golden Gloves, Floyd earned the title of Michigan Welterweight Champion.
Floyd excelled as a boxing coach. In 1953 he became a coach along with Dee Cavette at the Flint Interracial Community Center (FICC), and later at Berston Field House, where he won 14 boxing titles in 1958. He became the first president of the PAL organization. Floyd has over 50 years of boxing and training experience. He has been successful in training many young boxers. Because of his interest in their lives one of Floyd’s requirements is that all of his young boxers must be in school. He is known by his peers as the master when it comes to boxing and teaching life skills.
He was selected by the USA/ABF’s Coaches Conference to participate as coach in the 15th Annual International Dinner Competition in Halifax, Nov. Scotia.
Floyd is also known for his tap dancing and fencing.
Floyd, you have made your mark in Flint’s sports history.