grey ugg slippers UCF Football uniforms kicked into hyper drive since Scott Frost has taken over
The hours are long, the job gritty but the reward is everything for the UCF Equipment Department. The group is responsible for outfitting the Knights football team and setting up and breaking down all practices and game day needs.
Back on December 3, 2016, two days after being hired, Scott Frost expressed the need to add variety to the uniform attire at UCF.
“The quality level has gone up got some custom warm ups that I am sure had been available in the past just not available to us,” 13 year assistant equipment manager Thaddeus Rivers said.
“You can thank Coach Frost for even some custom shoes for the players now a lot of them can equate this to ‘this is what I thought Division one football was going to be like.”
Richard Worner took over as Equipment Director in January coming in from Marshall.
“We have a slew of cleats and footwear for our guys, yeah we have two carriages full of cleats for our guys,
” Worner said during a tour on Thursday.
Last year the Knights had only 27 uniform combinations to choose from. But when Scott Frost came in he beefed up the closet and now the team has over 1,000 combinations on any given game day coming down to its socks and its shoes selections.
And ever wonder how they choose the game day look?
“It’s been beautiful, we have staff meetings with the entire football staff, the video department the strength department, the sports med department and equipment department we’ve taken uniforms combinations in there and just hold it up and there’s a vote and the combination with the most votes wins,” Rivers explained.
Now that doesn’t stop players from dropping in to give their two cents but the seniors did select the final home game combination against Tulsa. But what’s in store for the USF game is under lock and key.
Perfection is the goal within the department from the decals on the helmets to the stitching on the jerseys.
“We take so much pride in what we do in here as an equipment staff,” Worner said. “At the end of the day you are doing it for these guys in the locker room. They are the reason we all have jobs so you want to take care of them and make it look as good as it can for those guys.”