“Dirty Red”

wrightWhen I joined the staff at the University of Central Missouri as a Graduate Assistant football coach, they had already established a tradition of playing very good defensive football.  Head Coach, Terry Noland, had a defensive background, and believed in populating the defense with good athletes.


grubbMike Foster was the defensive coordinator and had instituted the slogan “Dirty Red” (red and black were our school colors).  “Dirty Red” was an attitude that we instilled in our defense… a rallying cry… a clarion call.  It wasn’t about playing dirty (illegal, unethical) but rather giving everything you had on the field of play.

  • It meant being completely spent, exhausted, muddy, sweaty, bruised, and sore.
  • It meant doing everything you could to make a play… sacrificing your body, running, crawling, jumping over people, or laying out… whatever it took.
  • It meant everyone ”bought in” completely… you trusted that the guy on each side of you, in front, and behind you literally had your back… resulting in great team effort and great team defense.

We carried on the tradition and the slogan during my tenure as defensive coordinator at UCM.

The phrase was more than words… our players believed.  In one seven year span, from 1987 to 1993, the University of Central Missouri had the MIAA Defensive Player of the Year five times!

  • 1987 – Jeff Wright
  • 1988 – Mark Peoples
  • 1990 – Mike Glass
  • 1992 – Bart Woods
  • 1993 – Bart Woods

peoplesI am sure that all of these honored players would agree that one reason they were selected for this individual award, was because each of these years we played great “team” defense.  We had more than one player or position that teams had to account for – which freed up these great players to make great plays.  We were typically at the top of the league in most defensive categories, and many years ended up being nationally ranked as well… as high as 2nd in the nation in scoring defense in 1992.

576568_10201543079120020_2097547888_nPlayers still use the phrase “Dirty Red” as part of their post football vernacular.  I think it is a reminder of that bond… that attitude… that brotherhood.   They use it as a sign off on Facebook, a greeting, or even name their home brewed beer (Coach Hulet), “Dirty Red”.


When Coach Hulet left UCM as my DB coach to become the defensive coordinator at William Jewell College (colors red and black), he instituted the phrase and attitude there as well, and continued it the next year when I became the Jewell head coach.  In fact, I was fortunate to be able to carry on the “Dirty Red” slogan and attitude at a string of schools that had red as one of their colors: UCM, William Jewell, Wester, Derrick Thomas Academy, and Truman High School.  At each stop along the way, I enjoyed telling stories about the original “Dirty Red” defenses and players at the University of Central Missouri.  And at each stop along the way, the players at the new school came to know, admire and emulate the players of old.   The only bad news… the school I am at now (Bridger) has green and gold as their colors.

“Dirty Red”

Jeff Floyd – youcandomore1@yahoo.com

The Mother of all Positive Thinkers

I suppose the roots of “You Can Do More!” can be traced to my parents, and more specifically my mother.  She always gave me the confidence to think that I COULD do more.   Mine were great, supportive parents regarding my athletic playing and coaching career.  They never missed a game.  I started every game during my collegiate playing days, so that includes 40+ college games.  They didn’t miss many games that I coached, either.

On this Mother’s day, I have to share one of my favorite (and true) stories that illustrates the supportive nature of my mother.

I was getting ready to report for pre-season practice at William Jewell my freshman year.  The whole drive up to Jewell, my mom was talking… encouraging me with phrases like, “You are going to do so GREAT! “… “This is so exciting… you are so smart… and fast!” … “You are ready for this… you have worked so hard!

The whole drive, nothing but encouragement came out of her mouth.

At that time (1975), the Kansas City Chiefs were still practicing at Jewell, and their last day of camp was our report day.  When we arrived the Jewell veteran football players were already on campus, as well as many Chiefs players that were packing up to leave.  The “regular” student population was not on campus yet, so needless to say, there were disproportional amount of BIG human beings roaming around… and I was a scrawny 150 lbs.

Still, my mom was encouraging… “You think these guys play football, too?”… “Won’t it be great to have them for your teammates?”  … “You are going to do so GREAT!”… “You are going to have so much fun!

I leave and say my final goodbyes and head to the dorm to meet my pre-season roommate.  My mom shouts one final time “You will do GREAT!”… then (as I find out from my Dad about 20  years later) she turns to my father and says … “He’s gonna get KILLED!

As worried as she was about me playing college football, she never let on.  She wanted me to know that she believed in me… believed that I COULD DO MORE!

Jeff Floyd – youcandomore1@yahoo.com

Evaluation of Performance Chart


Technology and Social Media never ceases to amaze me.  Yesterday via LinkedIn I made a connection with a fellow strength and conditioning/ football coach, Tony Courville.  During a visit to his site, tcstrength.com, I came upon a chart that was very similar to one I used during my stint as head coach at William Jewell College.  Tony’s calls his the Evaluation of Performance Chart.

It is excellent and encompasses, and encapsulates many concepts that we talk to our athletes about daily:

  • Commitment
  • Leadership
  • Consistency
  • Ability
  • Attitude
  • Focus

Tony shared this about his chart and how he uses it:

“I have a large sign of it (the chart) in my weight room and locker room. I print out a copy and laminate it and place it in every football player’s locker and it stays there 24/7/365. They are reminded constantly about what I feel it takes to be a successful athlete.”

Thanks to Coach Courville for allowing me to share this excellent resource for both coaches and student-athletes.

You can download the chart by clicking on the image below.


You can download an editable version by clicking on the image below or going to this link: Editable Evaluation of Performance Chart

word evaluation chart


Remember – You Can Do More… your brain is lying to you…. Don’t Believe It!

Jeff Floyd – youcandomore1@yahoo.com