By Tony Marquis, Standard Staff
Ramsey Worrell will be Woodstock football’s next head coach — pending approval by the WUHS-MS school board.
The school board will vote at its March meeting on the appointment of Worrell, a 17-year assistant coach for the Wasps. If approved, Worrell will take over for Jim McLaughlin, who retired in November after a 40-year career, including nine state titles and 30 years as Woodstock head coach. Just last month, the school board voted to name the field after McLaughlin.
“I’m very excited,” Worrell said. “I’m happy to be guy to carry on the tradition that has been established over the last couple of decades with Coach Mac.”
Athletic Director Jeff Thomas selected Worrell out of three finalists for the position.
Worrell, a 1994 graduate of Woodstock Union High School, played defensive back and running back for McLaughlin. When Worrell was 19 and out of school, it was McLaughlin who gave him a job coaching at the middle school and scouting the high school team’s next opponent.
“I came back to practice one day, and I was standing up on the hill above the field, and he looked up at me and pointed, and said, ‘Get down here,’” said Worrell, back in November when McLaughlin announced his retirement.
For 17 years, Worrell has coached the running backs and defensive backs.
Ramsey’s father Chuck Worrell, a longtime assistant head coach, is also retiring. Chuck assumed head coaching duties for McLaughlin in the late ’80s when McLaughlin left to coach in Connecticut.
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