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5 months ago @ 8:57PM

ZE Welcomes New Football Coach


Zeeland East Welcomes New Football Coach

Zeeland East High School is excited to announce Joe Woodruff as the next coach to lead the Chix football program. Woodruff brings a wealth of varsity coaching experience and a commitment to developing young people. The position was previously held by Derek Pennington for 13 years.  

Woodruff has an impressive history as a varsity football head coach. He has previously led programs at Comstock Park, Chippewa Hills, Port Charlotte (Fla), Northwest Guilford (NC) and Big Rapids.  For the last six years Coach Woodruff has coached at White Lake Lakeland.  His Lakeland teams have qualified for the playoffs four years in a row, including an undefeated regular season in 2020.  During his coaching career, Woodruff has achieved numerous awards and recognitions including conference, area, regional and honorable mention state coach of the year two times. In 2020, he was named the MHSFCA Region 2 Coach of the Year.  

“Coach Woodruff has a proven history of excellence on the field, making positive impacts in the communities he has worked in, and growing student-athletes that he has coached,” states ZE Athletic Director Josh Glerum. “What truly set Joe apart is his strong character and academic experience as an outstanding teacher and leader in the schools he has served.” 

Throughout his coaching career, Woodruff’s emphasis has focused on building character, leadership, and servanthood among his student athletes. His strengths as a teacher-leader and coach align with the values of the Zeeland community as he understands the importance of competition and positive athletic experiences for young men and women. 

Coach Woodruff has a firm understanding of the uniqueness of Zeeland Public Schools and at the same time is ready to embrace the special identity of Zeeland East High School and the Chix Football program.  He shared, “I am honored and humbled to carry on the proud tradition of Chix Football. I am eager to get started and begin the work needed for a seamless transition to the future of Zeeland East Football.” 

Coach Woodruff will meet with the Zeeland East football team on Wednesday afternoon (February 3rd) at 3:00pm in the Zeeland East Cafeteria.  

ZE FB Coach Joe Woodruff - Introduction Video  

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