Greensboro, N.C.--Northwest Guilford head varsity football coach Joe Woodruff announced in a team meeting this morning that he will be leaving Northwest at the end of the school year to take the head football coaching job at Big Rapids HS in Big Rapids, Michigan.
Coach Woodruff and his wife Patti are Michigan natives and, along with children Abbey and Brady, are looking forward to returning to their home state. Joe began his coaching and teaching career in Michigan in 1989, leaving in 2006 for a brief stop in Florida before coming to North Carolina and Northwest High School in 2007.
While at Northwest for the past seven years as head football coach, Coach Woodruff had a record of 51-33 along with two conference coach of the year awards and was also selected Coach of the Week in North and South Carolina by the Carolina Panthers. His teams won conference championships in three seasons and made the state playoffs six out of the seven years he was at Northwest. To put this in perspective, only once in the fifty year history of the school has a Northwest team won a conference championship in football before Coach Woodruff arrived in 2007.
This past season was the highlight of Coach Woodruff's tenure at Northwest. The 2013 team finished with a school all-time best 12 wins while beating perennial North Carolina 4AA powerhouses Page and Richmond County in home playoff games played at RL Billings Stadium. The team would eventually lose in the third round to 4AA state champion and nationally ranked Mallard Creek High School.