• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Asher named interim WCMS football coach

NEW WCMS FOOTBALL COACH RYAN ASHER greets the middle school team for the first time on Aug. 30. Asher has taken over as interim coach for the remainder of the season. (Photo by Bill Caine)

Woodford County Middle School has a new football coach. Ryan Asher has taken over the reins as interim coach for the Tiger football program. Asher is currently the principal at Northside Elementary in Midway and has several years' experience as a youth football coach "I appreciate Josh Smith and all the time he put into growing the program," said Athletic Director Scott Hundley. "We were able to see growth in the weight room and on the field. Coach Smith moves on, and I want to step back and thank him for his service to the team, kids, and community over the last year and a half. Joining Coach Asher's staff as a volunteer assistant coach will be Clark Bugg, who also has a wealth of knowledge, having played on scholarship at the University of the Cumberlands, finishing as defensive MVP and coached for years in our youth programs as well as having a seventh grader on the team. I appreciate everyone's patience in this transition. Please help to support our student athletes and coaches for the remainder of this season." Asher visited with the team for the first time on Tuesday, Aug. 29, and was formally introduced as the interim coach at practice. Coming in as new coach three games into the season will be a challenge for Asher, but he has a positive approach to his new gig. "I know a lot of these kids, and with my ties to the community, this seemed like the right thing to do and get on board," said Asher. "The game of football has meant too much to me and especially as a kid. I plan to come in here and get things organized and keep the game. My approach will be a positive one. We will learn and have fun, but we will continue to improve."

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