With intentions of moving to Charlottesville and his wife, a Virginia graduate, working at the UVa Medical Center, it was all about waiting for the right opportunity for Brookville football coach Jeff Woody.
That opportunity came when the head coaching job at Monticello High School, a Group AA football powerhouse much like Brookville, became open after Rodney Redd left in December. Woody was just the guy Monticello athletic director Fitzgerald Barnes was looking for to lead the Mustangs’ football program. The school made it official Friday afternoon as Barnes introduced Woody as the third head football coach in Monticello’s 15-year history.
“It’s been a goal of ours to consider moving to the Charlottesville area if the right opportunity presented itself,” Woody said. “It seems as if that time is now.”
Brookville experienced nothing but success in Woody’s eight seasons at his alma mater, compiling an 81-22 record while making eight postseason appearances. Woody guided the Bees to the last two Group AA, Division 3 state championships.
“Coach Woody’s enthusiasm for the game and knowledge was very clear from the start,” Barnes said. “He’s a football lifer.”
Woody will inherit a team that went 19-6 in Redd’s two seasons at the school but lost Jhalil Mosley, Sam Patterson and Denzel Terry, all who played key roles in the Mustangs’ playoff runs over the past few seasons.
“Obviously the athletic talent at MHS is among the best in the state,” Woody said. “The academic and athletic facilities at MHS are among the best in the state of Virginia.”
Also serving as the offensive coordinator at Brookville, Woody was known for his ground-and-pound style, which is much different from the up-tempo balanced attack the Mustangs are known for.
“I would like to develop a balanced attack with the ability to establish off-tackle run, as well as implement a solid passing game,” Woody said. “We will force the defense to cover the entire field.”