by Emily Waldrep
The Warren School Board held its monthly meeting on April 24, 2012, and were happy to announce that they have finished the search for a new athletic director and head football coach. Superintendent Lance Johnson and Mr. Paddie both interviewed 5 possible candidates using a set of 22 questions pertaining to football, athletics, and general information. The interviewers were both looking for a head coach that had small school football experience, playoff experience, a veteran coach, and someone that would fit in with the current staff and students.
Both of the men, as well as the entire school board, felt that John Woodard would best fill the position. Coach Woodard has 23 years of experience coaching High School football. He has athletic director and head coaching experience at the small school level, offensive and defensive coordinator experience at all levels from 1A through 5A, as well as head coaching experience in boys and girls power lifting, track and cross country. He has coached in 20 playoff football games, and has won championships in various other sports, including a state champion power lifter and coach of the year accolades in track.
"He will bring a lot of discipline and motivation to the program," says Lance Johnson, "his offensive scheme is a blend from three different power football state championship programs, including Newton, Mexia and Garrison."
Woodard also addressed the board and said, "I know what I do will build a great program for these kids and am excited to get to work."
The entire Warren school district feels that Woodard is a great fit for the program and are very excited about the upcoming football season and what it has to offer.