MILLIGAN COLLEGE — Former Dobyns-Bennett coach Chris Woods will become an assistant coach for the Milligan College women’s soccer team this fall, the school announced Friday.
“This is a great situation for me,” Woods said. “I’m currently working on a degree at Milligan so the fit is a good one right now.”
Woods resigned his coaching position at Dobyns-Bennett this past spring because of his mother’s illness. His teaching contract at D-B was not renewed for the upcoming school year.
“I really had hoped to remain at D-B as a teacher,” Woods said, “but that didn’t work out and I understand that.
“I was looking for work. The position at Milligan became an option. It is part time, so that still allows me time to visit with my mother.
“I’ll always be thankful for the experience I had at D-B,” Woods added. “But now I’m looking forward to learning something new.
“There’s a little bit of excitement in heading into something unknown. The college game will be a challenge, but I think I’m up for it.”
Lady Buffs head coach Lisa Buckley is excited about the addition of Woods to her staff.
“Chris not only brings with him a wealth of coaching experience, he is also highly connected to high school soccer within the area,” Buckley said. “Chris’ commitment to character development is second to none, he will be a great addition to our family.”
Woods coached both the boys and girls at D-B.
During his four years with the Tribe boys, his teams went 68-17-9, won three District 1-AAA regular-season crowns, won the District 1-AAA tournament four times and earned four TSSAA sectional berths.
As coach of the Lady Indians for three seasons, Woods improved the program from a 3-14-4 record to 9-10-3 last year.
Prior to coming to D-B, Woods was an assistant at Oak Ridge High School for six years.