"We're Going to Work Today!!"

His intensity is unavoidable. From the minute the doors open to the Griffin-Oakley Strength & Conditioning Complex, it's easy to see why people gravitate to Jeff Dillman. Assistant strength coaches are circled around him, joking in conversation. The voice of Dillman, in the middle of the circle, is booming off the walls of the complex. He doesn't relax. He doesn't take breaks.

Florida's first-year strength coach is constant energy.

"He's a big energy guy that keeps everything going," senior middle linebacker Jon Bostic said. "There's never a day where you come in the weight room and find him down or anything."

The coaches on his staff hear him every day. Different groups of players make their trips to the weight room for their workout, and Dillman is constantly on the go. The players hear it when they go through their daily workouts—and also in their sleep. When he isn't bouncing off the walls of the weight room with energy, Dillman is screaming from one side of the room to the other.


His catch phrases are already buried deep in the minds of his players. They hear them from the moment they walk into the weight room and sometimes even before and after that. In the offseason, Dillman sees them more than Will Muschamp. The same energy that Muschamp brings to the sideline is seen when players meet with Dillman for their offseason workouts.


The phrases echo off the machinery deep in the bowels of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, through the halls and off the mirrors—but they don't leave either. His energy is infectious, and that's exactly his goal.

"I'm a big believer that actions trigger feelings, and feelings trigger actions," Jeff Dillman said. "Sometimes I come in and don't feel good. Sometimes my staff comes in and they don't feel good, but you know what? We don't want to cheat these athletes. If you come in with a bad attitude as a coach, you're going to cheat your athletes."

Dillman is a disciple of LSU head strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt, who he refers to as "a father." That's where he crossed paths with Tigers' then-defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and the respect grew immediately. Dillman said the two's relationship and similarities center on taking care of the little things, but it's not hard to see why the two hit it off.

It's their energy. They bring that energy to all areas of their coaching, whether it's during games, offseason workouts or pushing players to live the right way off the field.


The flat screen televisions in the weight room aren't new. Under Urban Meyer, they'd loop highlights films from the previous season, and sometimes even the lowlights. In the offseason, the televisions would be plastered with their struggles from the previous season.

Whether it was Knowshon Moreno running for 188 yards in 2007 or the SEC Championship loss to Alabama in 2009, Meyer and former strength coach Mickey Marotti used the televisions to motivate players by past failures.


Dillman uses the televisions differently. When the doors to the facility opened for the media on Thursday morning, power clean and hang clean world championships from the 1980s were playing on loop.

The Gators have switched to Olympic weightlifting this offseason as the team focuses on power cleans, hang cleans and snatches to prepare the full body for action. Dillman hopes the videos of the world's best at each exercise inspire players watching to work on their technique and improve.

"The transition has been great," Dillman said. "Kids have been responsive and they're working hard for us. That's all I ask—give me 100% every day and we're happy.

"(There was) no resistance at all. The kids want to be coached. Everybody wants to be coached. Kids want to know how much you care before they want to know how much you know. They know we care about them and we'll keep it real with them."

The transition hasn't been tough for players. The only strength coach any player on campus has known at Florida was Marotti. They met him on their recruiting trips and quickly developed relationships with him in the weight room.


It hasn't been a challenge to adjust to Dillman. If Muschamp is considered a player's head coach, then Dillman is a player's strength coach. His energy feeds through their workouts and gives them the necessary preparation to get better through the long, grueling offseason.

"It was real tough when Coach Mick left," senior linebacker Lerentee McCray said. "Coming in as a freshman, that's all I knew was Coach Mick. Coach Dillman has made it where I could get used to him within the little bit of time he has been here. He made a great transition."

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