Garrett Lutgen, the junior varsity football coach at Woodland, has been hired as the Beavers’ new varsity head coach replacing Mike Woodward, Woodland athletic director Paul Huddleston announced Saturday.
“Garrett has been a part of both our middle and high school football programs since 2014 and has a knack for maximizing the potential of his athletes and teams,” Huddleston said. “His ability to effectively motivate and lead will allow us to continue to build on the solid program we already have in place and I believe the transition will be smooth.”
Woodward announced last month that he was leaving the program after three seasons to spend more time with his family. The Beavers went 18-11 under Woodward, who had coached at Mountain View, Hudson’s Bay and in Southern California before coming to Woodland.
The Beavers are coming off a program-best eight-win season, going 8-2 with a senior-heavy roster, finishing second in the 2A Greater St. Helens League to eventual state champion Hockinson.
The Beavers’ JV program went 7-2 last season under Lutgen.
“Under Garrett’s leadership, our program will not only develop the skills of our athletes but also their character and we believe he gives us an excellent chance to compete with anyone year in and year out,” Huddleston said.