Wetumpka, AL – The Elmore County School Board has officially approved Bear Woods as the Wetumpka Indians’ 27th head football coach.
Woods takes over for former Wetumpka coach Tim Perry who stepped down in November. Perry lead the Indians to a 69-49 record including nine playoff berths, a pair of region crowns and an appearance in the 2017 AHSAA Class 6A title game in 10 seasons at the helm of the Wetumpka program.
The Indians closed out 2021 at 5-6, 3-3 in Class 6A, Region 3 play.
This will be the Mcclenny, Florida native and longtime Wetumpka resident’s first head coaching position.
Woods stared at linebacker at Troy University. During his career with the Trojans he was named a second-team All-Sun Belt performer. After four years at Troy, he signed with the Atlanta Falcons and later played for the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) Montreal Allouettes for six seasons. In 2014 he finished the year ranked second in the CFL in tackles with 89 while adding seven sacks. Woods capped the season as the East Division nominee for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award.
He closed out his professional playing career with a three year stint with the Toronto Argonauts. In 2017 he lead the Argonauts in tackles while helping lead the franchise to a CFA Grey Cup Championship.
The Indians will join Carver-Montgomery, Park Crossing, Pike Road, Russell County, Sidney Lanier and Stanhope Elmore in a redrawn Class 6A, Region 2 in 2022.