First Posted: 2/17/2012
FAIRMONT — Keith Wood will not return as Fairmont’s football coach next season.
The second-year coach and offensive guru who led the Golden Tornadoes to back-to-back Three Rivers Conference championships submitted his letter of resignation Thursday afternoon to the school’s administrative staff.
He exits with a 19-7 career record and a pair of postseason wins.
“I’m keeping my opportunities open and trying to provide a better future for my family,” Wood said. “The Fairmont community was always supportive of me, my wife and my son and we’re very appreciative of that. They took us under their wing.”
Wood brought a balanced spread attack to a program that focused primarily on the run under county coach of the year Barry Leonard in 2009. He helped quarterback Demetrius Washington develop into one of the area’s top passers as a senior and found ways to get the ball in the hands of player of the year Alex Gilchrist and all-county wideout Andrew Hill.
Under his tutelage last season, the Golden Tornadoes ran off 12 straight wins before falling to South Columbus in the second round of the state playoffs. Fairmont averaged a county-high best 37.9 points per game and won eight games by at least three touchdowns.
Wood met with members of the team Friday afternoon and informed them of his decision.
“I’m not leaving the program high and dry,” Wood said. “We’ve got the entire front seven coming back and the guys have really done a great job in the weight room. They expect success.”
Upon his departure, Wood commended the school’s administrative staff, notably principal Kent Prater and athletic director Michael Baker.
“Those are great guys and great leaders,” he said. “Kent and Mike have done a lot of things to help me these last two years.”
Prior to his stop in Fairmont, Wood spent five seasons as an assistant at Wilmington Hoggard. During his tenure, the Vikings won five conference championships and a state title.
Wood has not made any indication on where his next job will be.
“I’m just keeping everything open,” he said. “I’m excited for the next step.”
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