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Coshocton’s Woodie signs with Ashland

| February 6, 2019

Wesley Woodie, a three year letterman with the Coshocton Redskins football program, signed his national letter of intent to play football for the Ashland University Eagles on Wednesday morning, Feb. 6 at Coshocton High School with his mom Michelle, dad Dusty, coaches and teammates proudly looking on. Among his achievements Woodie anchored the offensive line in his three varsity seasons at Coshocton. Mark Fortune | Beacon

COSHOCTON – Wesley Woodie, son of Dusty and Michelle Woodie of Coshocton, signed his national letter of intent to play football for the Division II Ashland University Eagles at Coshocton High School on Wednesday morning, Feb. 6 with his parents, brother, coaches, teammates and friends watching. Woodie anchored the offensive line in his three varsity seasons at Coshocton. He was named the 2018 Offensive Line MVP, 2018 Team Captain and was first team ECOL in 2017 and 2018.

Redskin Athletic Director Tim Fortney said, “Wesley is a very big and powerful offensive and defensive lineman. His leadership and physicality at practice and on Friday nights will be sorely missed. We all hope that Wesley continues his success at Ashland University.”

Mom Michelle said, “I’m just really proud of him. He’s really excited and from the moment we stepped on the Ashland campus, I think he knew that’s where he wanted to go. Ashland has a great football program. He really enjoys football and I just knew that he wasn’t done playing the game. So we’re really excited to go and watch him play at Ashland. We’re just really proud of him.”

Dad Dusty said, “I’m just as proud of him as I can be. This is what he has wanted to do. It’s a dream come true for him. A favorite moment for me was watching him play in the playoffs.”

Redskin head football coach Jim Woodrum said, “This makes me feel great. I’m very, very happy for him and very proud of him. Our whole staff is proud of him. He’ll be missed. He’s a great leader and has a great work ethic that rubs off on the other kids. His expectation was that the younger kids were going to work hard and he set a great example. He’ll do a great job at Ashland. They have a great program and win every year. They have some great coaches. They’re getting a young man that works very, very hard and has high character and a great work ethic in the classroom, weight room and on the practice field. They’re very fortunate.

“Favorite memories were the wins he was a part of and he is a kid that is always happy for everybody else. He knew what his role was and seeing him in the locker room after games being excited was always a joy. He is a very fortunate young man and he knows that. That is a great family who has taught great character and all three of the boys – the older one has already been through the program and now the younger brother is a seventh grader – they all have great work ethic. That’s all because of his parents.”

Wesley Woodie, who will be playing offensive guard at Ashland said, “I’ve been in the Coshocton program since I was six years old. I’m looking forward to the connections I’m going to make. I think it’s going to be great and I’m looking forward to where it takes me for the rest of my life. I’m leaning toward a business degree but in my mind I think I’m going to try and become a college football coach after I’m done playing.

“The amount of support I’ve received during this whole process is unreal. I want to thank everyone – especially my parents for driving me everywhere – I went to 15 football camps over the summer trying to get a scholarship somewhere. I’m grateful for that. My favorite memory is when we played Wheelersburg and won the regional championship. I was a sophomore but I still started on the team, that was pretty awesome.

“I love the Ashland campus, everything about it honestly. It’s a great school.”

Category: High School, Sports

Mark Fortune

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I live with my beautiful wife Nancy on a small farm just outside Coshocton. We have been married for thirty two years and have two grown children, Jessica and Jacob. Jessica is married to Aaron Mencer and they are employed with Coshocton City Schools. Jacob is a sophomore at Kent State University. I graduated from River View High School, have a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Wesleyan University and am actively involved with the Roscoe United Methodist Church, serve on several local committees and am a member of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, having served as Past-President. I love reading, especially military thrillers, the Civil War and history in general. My goal is to write a novel. My wife and I are also AdvoCare distributors and encourage anyone wanting to lose weight, gain energy and better health to explore AdvoCare at our website; www.fortunes4advocare.com. I love the media field, innovative technology and have worked in newspapers for over 30 years – in fact, my first job was delivering newspapers. The Beacon is a dream made possible by the support of this community and a great team. I hope to continue serving Coshocton County for many years.

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