Zeeland East announces Joe Woodruff as next head coach for Chix Football

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Posted at 9:37 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 21:37:42-05

ZEELAND, Mich. — Zeeland East High School announced tonight via that Joe Woodruff will be the next head coach of the Chix Football Program.

Woodruff most recently coached at White Lake Lakeland, leading the Eagles to four playoff appearances, including an undefeated season in 2020. After the undefeated season, Woodruff was named the MHSFCA Region 2 Coach of the Year.

The position was previously held by Derek Pennington, who served as the head coach for the Chix for 13 seasons.

Woodruff has previously led football teams at Comstock Park, Chippewa Hills, Port Charlotte (Fla.), Northwest Guilford (NC) and Big Rapids.

"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," Zeeland East Athletic Director Josh Glerum said in the annoucement. "What truly set Joe apart is his strong character and academic excellence as an outstanding teacher and leader in the schools he has served."

"I am honored and humbled to carry on the proud tradition of Chix Football," Woodruff said in the annoucement. "I am eager to get started and begin the work needed for a seamless transition to the future of Zeeland East football."