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Mike Woodward returns as head football coach at Woodland

Beavers were 18-11 in three seasons under Woodward from 2016-18

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
Published: February 3, 2020, 1:05pm

Mike Woodward will return as head coach of the Woodland football program, a little over a year after stepping down after three seasons at that position, Woodland athletic director Paul Huddleston announced Monday.

Woodward will step in for Garrett Lutgen, who resigned suddenly last month.

“After Garrett’s resignation, Mike was the first person I went to,” Huddleston said. “And it became obvious really quick that the year off definitely left him re-energized and eager to get back to leading our program. I think he really missed not only the game of football but also the opportunity to have a positive impact on our athletes.”

Woodward was 18-11 in three seasons as Woodland head coach from 2016-18.

Prior to his resignation as Woodland’s coach a little over a year ago, Woodward had 20 years of experience as a high school football coach, starting in 1999 with five seasons at Mountain View, three at Hudson’s Bay and nine at Westview of Poway, Calif., before coming to Woodland.

Quite simply, Coach Woody is great for kids and brings a positive energy and excitement to our program that is already spreading throughout our school now that he has officially been hired,” Huddleston said.

The Beavers went 2-7 last fall in Lutgen’s one year as head coach. He resigned on Jan. 17.

In other Woodland news, Josh Mayer was hired as the Beavers’ boys soccer head coach.

Mayer, a graduate of Battle Ground High School, has spent the past decade coaching and directing Kaiju Sports Club in Chengdu, China.

“Josh has experience working with soccer athletes from every level and has a true passion for both the game of soccer and working with kids,” Huddleston said. “He is a great fit with our GRIT mentality here at WHS and I believe his transition into our program will be seamless.”