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  • Truman football coach resigns

  • Jeff Floyd has announced is resignation as the head football coach at Truman High School after three seasons.

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  • Jeff Floyd has announced is resignation as the head football coach at Truman High School after three seasons.
    After a winless first season in 2010, the Patriots rebounded last season to go 5-6 and win just their second district title in the history of the school.
    Injuries took their toll on the Patriots this season as they finished with a 1-9 record.
    “Jeff’s resignation is a blow to our program,” Truman activities director Eric Holm said Monday morning. “We were hoping he would stay on after a disappointing season, but he has decided to resign.”
    Holm said the search for a new head coach would begin immediately. Floyd, who previously coached at William Jewell College and the University of Central Missouri, declined to comment on the reasons why he stepped down.
    Holm said the Patriots football staff will begin reaching out to the youth programs in Independence and to the middle school programs that feed the Truman football program.
    “Look at what Fort Osage has done in a relatively short period of time,” Holm said, referring to an Indians program that had lost 19 games in a row before Ryan Schartz and his staff took over a program that has been to the state championship game two times in the past four years.
    “You need to have a sense of community, and we need to make some changes from top to bottom. We need to get the middle schools involved with our progam, we can’t have them going in different directions.
    “We want the youth programs and middle schools excited about Truman High School football. That’s one way they made the program at Fort Osage so successful, and we want to do the same thing at our high school.”
     
     
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