Bringing his older brother and the 18 years of football coaching experience he has accrued onto the staff was an easy choice for David, who helped guide Addison to a 7-3 record and a first-round playoff appearance in his inaugural season.
An added bonus for both brothers is the opportunity to work with their uncle Micah Smothers — the principal of Addison High School.
“It’s very exciting — we can all talk to each other freely without being offended and a lot of times we’ll know what each other is thinking, which is a very big help, too,” David said.
“I was in need of some help — coach Randy White helped me last year and did a great job of it. He took a lot of weight off of my shoulders. That’s where I’ve looked to Woody — to come in and take the load off of my shoulders as effectively as coach White did.”
For Woody, the homecoming has been one of joy as well.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity that people who work their entire life don’t get,” Woody said.
“I grew up here and played football at Addison — during those years I thought that it was all that existed on earth. Through my travels and various positions at other schools, you see things that work well in programs as well as things that don’t work well, along with the pros and cons of each community. Addison is one of those very special communities — they love their kids, their sports and their school. There’s a really strong work ethic here that’s present and stretches for many generations. I’m excited to be here — Addison likes to win, so if we don’t get victories we’re not going to be treated any differently than previous coaches that haven’t succeeded. But to be able to have this opportunity to have this job in my own home town and at my alma mater is very special.”
Since joining the staff at Addison, Woody has been extremely impressed with the character and hard work present in the young men who make up the football team.
“The biggest problem we’ve had thusfar is what the kids can call me,” Woody said.
“The reception from them has been as warm as it has been from the community. They are a really eager group of young men — their mothers and fathers who have lived here know me and think they all had an idea of what I would be like. They see a lot of the similarities with me and David, but they also get a kick out of the differences, too. It’s been a very positive experience and I think the kids like it too.”
Addison will open their season on Aug. 30 by hosting Ider.