Opportunity has found a willing friend in Victor Floyd.
In recognizing a good thing when he saw one, Floyd jumped at the chance to return to Chester High School in Chester, S.C., as its football coach. Having been relieved of his Xs and Os duties at Brunswick (Ga.) High School in December, the United States Sports Academy alumnus applied for the recently vacated position at Chester and beat out 44 other candidates for the opening.
Should this marriage between school and coach go as well as it did the last time, it’s a win-win for all involved as Floyd posted a record of 28-19 from 2004 through 2007 at Chester, earning 3A Upper State coach of the year honors his final season while leading the Cyclones into the state championship contest, which they lost by two points. That marked Chester’s first title-game appearance in 44 years. Floyd also helped nine of his players from that team move onto the college football ranks.
Floyd had immediate success at Brunswick, winning 25 of his first 34 games, but was let go following this past season’s 6-5 effort that included a state-playoff appearance. He finished 42-35 with two region championships in seven years on the coast of Georgia.
After graduating from North Carolina A&T, where he played linebacker, in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in education, Floyd’s passion for football and teaching it to youngsters only grew. He immediately began coaching in summer programs, and ultimately ended up heading the programs at C.A. Johnson High School (Columbia, S.C.) and Dudley High School (Greensboro, N.C.) before his first foray at Chester and then Brunswick.
Along the way, he utilized the Academy to help springboard his career.
“I think a master’s degree helped, especially from an administrative standpoint,” said Floyd (MSS, Sport Management, 2001). “A lot of courses you could take during your master’s (program) and apply them in your career. It was a long-distance program back then. In 2000, during that era it wasn’t on computers like now. We had meetings once a month. I came to (Daphne, Ala.) to take ‘comps’ and everything.”
Hailed as perfect fit for Chester by the school’s principal, who has touted Floyd’s plan for academic success and his views on discipline and training, the Nichols, S.C., native will return to the upstate area, where he kept a home even while at Brunswick from 2008 through 2014, with his wife, Yolanda and their two children, 14-year-old Victoria and 7-year-old Victor “Trooper” Jr.
He is a certified teacher and will be conducting classes in weight training and physical education. It is expected he will oversee 100 student-athletes, monitoring their development in the classroom, on the field and off the field, and supervise nine assistant coaches.
Certainly, what he learned at the Academy has helped him get to this point.“I think it has been influential in my development as a professional,” said Floyd, who also credited mentors Marion Kirby and Kenneth Page. “It was perfect for what I was looking for.”
The United States Sports Academy, known around the world as America’s Sports University, is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and the world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports.