Most college coaches, at any level, would jump at the opportunity to return home. Many times, that call never comes. But in the case of Jason Woodman, his phone did ring, with Fairmont State school officials on the other end, telling him they would like him to return home.
"The first thing that ran through my mind is that I couldn't wait to get my kids home, and be with some family," Woodman said. "Get back home in the environment we grew up in. The foundation that's here and the success that they've had in the past. The facilities and the way that the community is tied to the school is second to none. This is just a great opportunity for us."
Woodman is a Mannington native, with his college degree coming from Fairmont State back in 2002. Since leaving Fairmont 10 years ago, Woodman has made stops at LSU, Florida State, California, Pa., Concord and most recently with Bowie State where he served as the offensive coordinator. LSU Head Coach Les Miles said of Woodman, 'He's a tremendously conscientious individual, a very personable guy and a very bright football coach.'
That's high praise coming from one of the best coaches in college football today.
"I think I learned a lot about life in general," Woodman said of learning from Miles, along with several other high profile coaches. "I learned a lot about being a family man, and obviously I learned a lot about football. So there's a whole bunch of different things I've learned from those guys. It's hard to really pin point any one thing."
Woodman takes over for former Head Coach Mike Lopez who roamed the sideline for quite a while in Fairmont. Lopez was with the Falcons for the past 10 years, but a record of 30-35 over a span of six seasons was ultimately the deciding factor. Woodman said it's very important to hit the ground running, especially with National Signing Day fast approaching.
"The first thing on my agenda is getting a staff together. We need to get on recruiting. We're already behind the eight ball a little bit with it. There's a short amount of time between now and signing day. So obviously we need to get those two things together," Woodman said.