By Zach West
After one year back on the sidelines, Woody Roof has resigned as Weatherford’s head football coach to concentrate solely on being the school’s athletic director.
Roof announced the resignation late last week, and immediately turned over head coaching duties to assistant Mickey Seifried.
Roof returned to the gridiron last fall to coach the Eagles for the third time, and 13th season overall. Weatherford finished 8-4, losing to Broken Bow in the state quarterfinals. With a daughter in the sixth grade, Roof said he originally planned on coaching for six or seven more years, but Weatherford’s increased emphasis on fundraising and finding corporate sponsorship for athletics left him with a decision to make.
“I just felt like with the things that I’m going to have to do in the summer time and the things that I’m going to have to do through the season that I couldn’t be there all the time with the kids and they needed me to be there,” Roof said. “I just didn’t think I could be fair with the kids and be both.”
Roof steps down with 206 career wins and five state championships – two of which came at Weatherford (1991, 1992). At 58-years-old, Roof did not rule out an eventual return to the sidelines.
“I just take it one day at a time – that’s the best I can tell you,” Roof said. “I don’t know what’s in store for tomorrow, but right now I’m looking forward to trying to get the fundraisers going and looking forward to getting out and visiting with the people about corporate sponsors and doing the athletic directorship and raising some money for our program.
“We feel like we have an outstanding program here in Weatherford in an excellent community. They want us to be very successful in all sports – and to do that, it takes money. We’ve had great success in the last 20 years and been successful in quite a few sports and want to continue that.”
Seifried has been an assistant for six years at Weatherford, Roof said, and served as the offensive coordinator last season.
“Football is a 12-month around job. You’ve got to run a summer program, you’ve got to get them up and lifting weights, you’ve got to do things to try to keep up with the Joneses. That takes a lot of energy,” Roof said. “I think that’s Mickey’s deal. He’s very energetic. He loves to work in the weight room, he loves to have the time to do it in the summer time … so I think he’ll be a good fit here for us.”