De­catur names Woolard as new coach

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SCOREBOARD - — Rick Fires • @NWARick

Ryan Woolard is the new foot­ball coach for the De­catur Bull­dogs.

De­catur will be the Woolard’s first head coach­ing job af­ter he spent the last seven years as an as­sis­tant coach at McDon­ald County High School in Mis­souri. Woolard re­places Shane Hol­land, who will re­main at De­catur and coach the boys and girls track and field teams.

Hol­land was the foot­ball coach at De­catur for the last six years. The team fin­ished 1-9 last sea­son.

“Ryan is a young guy with a lot of in­no­va­tive ideas,” De­catur Ath­letic Di­rec­tor John Unger said. “He comes well-rec­om­mended and we think he will bring a lot of en­ergy to our pro­gram.”

De­catur also hired Shel­don McKen­zie as an as­sis­tant foot­ball coach. McKen­zie was a vol­un­teer coach last year at Gravette.

The Bull­dogs, who strug­gled to field a team last sea­son, open the sea­son Sept. 1 at home against Ber­ryville.

“We should have be­tween 17 to 20 kids out for foot­ball, and we could get some more with the new coach com­ing in,” Unger said.

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