When Jason Hunt set out to build the Madison-Plains High School football team into a winner, he knew it would take plenty of building blocks.
One of those such blocks was placed recently and it had nothing to do with on the field strategy unless you want to count what the Golden Eagles will be wearing on the field.
Plains will be decked out in brand new Nike jerseys this fall, inspired by the industry trendsetter, the University of Oregon. The Ducks have earned a reputation for being the premier fashion model when it comes to uniform design, routinely thinking outside of the box when it comes to how they look on the field.
While Hunt isn’t about to go overboard with neon green and gold, he is hoping to piggy back off the popularity of the Nike jerseys and deck his team out in uniforms that will suddenly put the Golden Eagles on the trendier side of things.
“We did some research and decided to go with Kelly Green and Gold,” Hunt said. “Kelly Green is the color on the varsity jackets, it’s also the color green on the basketball court. It’s a little brighter than the color green we’ve been using. This is our color now.”
After ironing out the issues of what exact color to use, the coach said he looked around and decided the Nike jersey’s were the superior product.
“They’re really light, they’re cool looking and the pants and jersey tops all go together so we can mix and match the uniforms basically giving us four different options,” the coach said. “Nike has made a big push in the last few years to get into the high school football market.
“They had the best options out there. It’s quality stuff, we looked at some of the other companies but in the end Nike was the best option for us.”
The Golden Eagles will look the part of a championship program, but the coach is quick to point out his team won’t win games because of the way they look good on the field.
“We’re not going to win any more games because of the uniform,” he said. “But the kids really like them and that means something.
“We’re trying to change the culture at Madison-Plains and this is part of that change. Oregon created a culture with what they do with their uniforms. They will use any type of green and do some crazy things. We’re going to stick with our green and gold. The fabric is light and flexible. The uniforms we had before you could tell weren’t nearly as nice as these are.”
The Golden Eagles coach said the uniforms have been ordered and he’s expecting them to be delivered some time in the first week or so of July.
“We needed new uniforms and decided to go with these,” the coach said. “They look great and our kids are going to look great in them. I know they’re just uniforms but we’re trying to change the culture of our program and this is a good way to start.”
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