New coaches bring experience and success

The Woodgrove athletic program has recently undergone some changes. Varsity Girls asketball coach Kevin Copley has added assistant football coach and play caller to his list of Wolverine positions. In addition, Kate Smith has been named the new Varsity head cheerleading coach.

Both of these coaches have impressive experience in their respective sports. Smith cheered at George Mason University, and before that,  she trained and competed with All-Star Legacy for six years. “In high school, I cheered on varsity at Potomac Falls,” said Smith.

Copley has 12 years of past football coaching experience, including 3 years at the college level with Shenandoah University. His expansive experience and knowledge of the game can help the young program establish an identity and winning attitude.

Both Smith and Copley came from jobs at other schools in the county.  Last year, Smith was the assistant gymnastics coach at Briar Woods, and Copley spent one year coaching at Valley.

Copley plans on bringing the knowledge he gained from working with other teams to Woodgrove, and instilling those ideas in the program. He especially wishes to bring his expertise the quarterback position, a position he works closely with.

Smith is excited about her team, calling them a “great group of very talented girls.” The varsity cheerleading squad has “come together as a team and worked hard to build a routine that highlights all of their skills,” said Smith.

Both the new cheerleading and football coaches have specific goals for their teams. “Our current goal would be to perform our competition routine flawlessly at our first competition next saturday at Loudoun Valley,” said Smith.

Copley says he is just “trying to help the team win any way [he] can.” The new play caller also works well with head football coach Jerry Gordon and the other coaches on the football staff and believes they all share the same knowledge and passion for the game.

When asked what his expectations for the rest of the season were, Copley said, “To improve each week.”

With some impressive wins already, this season has the potential to wow everyone. Woodgrove players and fans should be excited for the rest of the season and hope for continued success with the help of coaches Copley and Smith.