Outside the Huddle has learned that former DeKalb and East Noble offensive coordinator Mike Smith has been named the new head football coach at Woodlan High School.

Smith most recently has served as the tight ends coach at Trine University.

“I’m really excited to get started,” said Smith. “I really like the fact that Woodlan is all in one building, so you have that ability to build relationships with the younger kids and have the older kids mentor them.”

Smith replaces the departed Sherwood Haydock, who was named head coach at Wayne High School in January.

Prior to his two seasons at DeKalb, Smith ran the offense at East Noble from 2012-15. The Knights over those four years had some of the most electrifying offensive units in the then-Northeast Hoosier Conference.

Smith has also had coaching stints at Angola and Prairie Heights.

As for scheme and approach, Smith’s philosophies is still to be determined in terms of how the Warriors will look.

“I am unfamiliar with what Coach Haydock ran in terms of schemes,” Smith said. “But once we get in there and start looking at things, we will surely make some decisions.”

From 2015-17, Haydock led the Warriors to 35 wins, a pair of ACAC championships and a trip to the Class 2A state championship game in 2017.

After graduating a glutton of talent from those championship-caliber teams, Woodlan has struggled to regain top form, going a combined 7-13 over the last two seasons.


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