Kyle Woods is set to take over South Stokes JV football program and although the team struggled to capture wins last season he believes they’ll be competitive in weeks to come.
“We had a lot of freshmen. Hopefully now they’ve had a year to be in the system,” Woods said. “Their job is to be coachable and we’re preparing them to be ready for varsity physically as well as getting them use to what we expect.”
Woods is no stranger to the Sauras football program. He came on in 2011 on a limited basis while finishing up college before accepting a full time teaching position last year.
“Last season I was in charge of the defensive line and before that I was the assistant with the offensive and defensive line,” he said. “I love being around the kids and being able to help them. It’s great to see them become more confident throughout the year.”
As a South Stokes graduate Woods was influenced by coach Keith Gore and worked alongside his mentor during the indoor and outdoor track season.
“He had a great impact on me and made me want to become a PE teacher. We’ve always been close; I graduated with his son. It was neat getting to work with him his last year here,” Woods said.
For now his focus is honed in on football and the young men committed to beat East Wilkes on August 20.
“I’m looking forward to it. We have strong players coming back and we’ll have some new faces on the offensive line. From what I’ve seen we have good kids to fill spots.”
Woods expects his players to be competitive and to continue improving as the season unfolds.
“Our goal is always to make them better, better young men. I hope they learn some life lessons and roll it into their sophomore and junior year and I think we’ll see it culminate into our varsity program.”
Amanda Dodson can be reached at (336)813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.