• Bill Caine, Woodford Sports New Editor

WCMS football has new coach

Last season, the Woodford County Middle School football team had a year of uncertainty. Head Coach Josh Smith left the team a few games into the season, and Northside Elementary Principle Ryan Asher stepped in and finished the season as head coach. Enter new head coach, Dave Thomas.

“I am thrilled to be here and want to create a culture that kids can thrive in,” said Thomas. “I want football to be fun for the kids. I'm not saying they won't work hard because I promise you, they will. My goal is to come in here and teach our kids all that we can and for them to understand that their coaching staff will support them one-hundred percent.”

Thomas was part of the coaching staff at Somerset High School last season. “I loved the football program down there,” said Thomas. “It's a football town. The people really support the program, and the middle school program feeds the high school well.”

When the school board posted the WCMS job opportunity, Thomas said he decided to throw his hat in the ring.

“Around the time that they offered me the job, my wife and I found out she was pregnant with my first biological child,” said Thomas. “To be able to coach at home just felt right. I couldn't be happier with the opportunity.”

After accepting the position, Thomas said he decided that the program was going to built to feed the high school team. “If you look at the successful teams throughout the state, they all have great youth and middle school programs that help prepare kids to play high school football,” said Thomas.

“We want to run the same offense and defensive schemes, and help these kids be ready for the next level. Our program will be hard but...fair, and the kids will have structure on the football field.”

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