Mike Woodward, who posted a 38-37 record in seven seasons at Antioch, has been named football coach at Brentwood.
“Folks may think it was an easy decision, but I love my guys at Antioch,” Woodward said. “They’ve worked so hard for me, and we were so excited about the guys coming back and the season ahead, but it was a decision I had to make.
“The timing is rough, but there’s a combination of things that makes it an attractive situation — the tradition they have with their program, the great support they get from administration, from the community — several factors that made me decide I wanted to go that route.”
Brentwood finished 11-2 and advanced to the Class 6A quarterfinals in Mark Pemberton’s only season after taking over for Ron Crawford, who took the Cleveland job last year. Pemberton left earlier this month for Rhea County.
“We’re very glad we’re going to have him,” principal Kevin Keidel said. “We like his energy, and he cares for the kids off the field. It’s not just about winning football games, but creating great young people.
“He could be coaching at the collegiate level and has in the past, but he wants to have more of an impact, and we think that’s incredibly important.”
Woodward, 39, is a former assistant at Ravenwood, Centennial and Austin Peay. He led Antioch to five postseason berths, including opening-round wins in 2006 and ’07.
Brentwood is in the midst of spring practice, with Antioch set to start this week.
“I’m not going to try to make any scheme changes in the practices they’ve got left,” Woodward said. “I will get over there and try to evaluate the guys and get as much done as we can.”
Ravenwood hire: Former Ravenwood boys basketball assistant Matt Robinson has been named girls coach, replacing Ron Brock.
“He’s a nice change of pace for our program,” Ravenwood athletics director Patrick Whitlock said. “He’s got good basketball knowledge, he relates to the kids well and he’ll bring some great energy. He’s well deserving of this opportunity.”
Robinson, 33, did not coach this past season but spent the previous seven years under Whitlock and ex-Raptors coach Rodney Thweatt.
Ravenwood finished 10-16 this past season, ending the year on a 10-game losing streak. Brock was 77-68 in five years at the school.
Hickman Co. coach: Tyler Brown has been named the girls basketball coach at Hickman County. He takes over for Mitzi Jones, who went 9-16 in her one season with the program after replacing current Riverdale coach Cory Barrett. Brown spent the past four seasons at Santa Fe and was an assistant at Columbia Academy.
CPA wins 10-AA by draw: Christ Presbyterian Academy beat Lipscomb Academy 2-1 on Monday to cause a three-way tie in the District 10-AA standings, which CPA won by a draw. CPA will head into the district tournament as No. 1, Hume-Fogg No. 2 and Lipscomb No. 3.