Mustangs Eager to Welcome New Coach Woody

Monticello High School's James St. Hill admitted on Tuesday that he expected to see a little extra hop in the step of some of his teammates.

"I'm pretty sure a lot of people out here are going to show off a little bit, so we can, like, show him what we can do," the rising senior quarterback said before the Mustangs' workout at the school. "At least give him a good mindset of what we can do and everything."

The "Him" in question is new Monticello football coach Jeff Woody, who made his first appearance at one of the Mustangs' workouts on Tuesday. Woody was introduced as the school's new coach last Friday after eight seasons as head coach at his alma mater, Brookville High School in Lynchburg.

Woody's Bees capped off consecutive 14-0 seasons the past two years with back-to-back Division 3 state titles. And his new players are well aware of Woody's successes.

"Oh, everybody was excited," said rising senior Edrees Mirzai. "Because, I mean, 28 wins, two state championships back-to-back. That's just a lot of wins. So we're looking forward to it."

"It was a shock that we actually got Jeff Woody," said rising senior Zach Graves. "And we didn't understand why he wanted to come here, and leave such a good football program at Brookville behind."

Family reasons -- his wife works as a nurse at the UVa Medical Center -- prompted Woody to make the move to Monticello. He takes over for Rodney Redd, who left earlier this year for a job on the coaching staff at Virginia State University.

"We've been without a coach since January, so we've been really waiting and waiting for a long time," said St. Hill. "So we're really looking forward to getting to meet him and everything."

"I really want to get to know him, because he seems like a great guy; a great coach," said Graves. "He's a family man, and I really like that about him. And he just really seems like he knows what he's doing."

"I'm looking forward to it a lot, because with 28 games won in a row, that's a lot of wins," Mirzai said. "So hopefully he can bring that to Monticello, and we can get us a state championship this year."

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