- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
David Wojtecki, who has served as an assistant coach in the Halifax County High School football program for the past three seasons, has been named the new head varsity football coach at Halifax County High School. Wojtecki will replace Stan Hodgin, who has resigned after having served three years as head coach.
“I’d like to thank the administration, the community, and especially the students for all the support I have had in the three years I’ve been here,” Wojtecki remarked.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity I have coming up. The coaching staff will be meeting later to discuss the roles that we will have. I feel that we will be very dedicated in making this program one of the best in Virginia.”
The coaching change was announced yesterday by Halifax County High School Principal Albert T. Randolph during a morning press conference.
“I look forward to having him take the reigns of the Halifax County High School football program and maintaining a tradition of excellence here at Halifax County High School,” Randolph said.
Randolph said Hodgin will continue to hold his teaching position as a health and physical education teacher at the school.
“We will be meeting with him (Hodgin) as far as remaining on staff here,” Randolph said.
“He has indicated that he desires to remain here as a health and physical education instructor.”
This is the first head varsity football job for Wojtecki, a physical education, health, weight training and drivers education instructor at Halifax County High School. Wojtecki served last year as the head coach of the Comets junior varsity football team. The team finished its season with an 8-1 record.
His previous coaching experience includes serving as offensive line coach for Glenville State College from November 2001 through May 2003 and serving as offensive co-ordinator and head varsity wrestling coach at Tarboro (N.C.) High School from August 2003 through May 2005.
The other four Western Valley District member schools, GW, Franklin County, Patrick Henry and William Fleming high schools have gone with veteran coaches that have multiple state championship wins in their most recent hires.
By contrast, Wojtecki comes in with no previous experience as a head varsity football coach.
“We looked at our resources and looked at the opportunities that were available to us,” Randolph said.
“After we conducted an extensive evaluation of our program, we looked internally at staffing and felt this would provide us the best opportunity for us to move the Halifax County High School football program forward.”
Wojtecki said he is grateful to Randolph and school system officials for giving him this opportunity.
“I know the coaches in the conference are very talented and have a lot of history with winning,” Wojtecki pointed out.
“A lot of younger coaches have trouble getting a chance to come in and trying to get to that point. It took our administration to believe in me to give me that chance. I think it will pay off in the long run.”
Wojtecki said there will be some changes in the team’s offensive and defensive schemes.
“We will use some different formations to help us control the ball a little bit more, be able to run the ball more on offense, and put in a goal line package on offense and defense,” the new Comets football coach said.
“I feel like we have a strong nucleus of linemen coming back, and we should be able to run the ball fairly well. We have some talented running backs who are also coming back.
The thing that we want to try to keep the same is that we do have two running quarterbacks in Rodzavian Crowell and Travis Lipscomb. We can use formations that we have used in the past to build on our success.”
One of the key areas Wojtecki says he will focus on is the offensive line play.
“The “O” line is a major concern,” he pointed out.
“I will probably take that position and coach that position because it is the main position on the field. Everybody can talk about the quarterback being the main position, but if you can’t block in front of them, it really doesn’t matter who you have back there.”
Having played as an offensive lineman on the college level, Wojtecki says he can use his experience and insight to help develop players for those positions.
“I think it all comes down to work ethic and our off-season program,” noted Wojtecki.
“I was a lineman in college, and I can relate to being able to dominate and sometimes being dominated up front. You’ve got to have the kids buy into the pride of being an offensive lineman, knowing that others may score the touchdowns and get the press and all of that. They need to understand that they’re the reason why those things happen.
“I think we’re starting to become bigger up front than we used to be,” he continued.
“We were very small last year. The year before that we were pretty small. We have some size coming into the offensive line now, especially with the ninth-graders. We were small on the jayvee team, but a lot of those guys will probably play different positions.”
Hodgin steps down from the helm of the Comets football program after having compiled a 10-20 overall record. Halifax County High School was 6-4 in 2007 in Hodgin’s first season. The Comets were 3-7 in 2008 and were 1-9 last season, a season in which the team was riddled with injuries.
Hodgin served as the offensive coordinator of the Halifax County High School varsity football team for two years under former Comets Coach John Lacy Harris before being named as Harris’ successor in January, 2007.
He had coached with Harris for 12 years before taking the helm of the Comets football program. The Halifax County High School job was Hodgin’s first job as a head varsity football coach.
“The reason you go into education is to help young people,” Hodgin said.
“I am honored to have had that opportunity here. I wish the football players for the coming year all the success that they can possibly have. I also thank the community for the support that it has shown the Comets football program over the last three years.”