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With less than a week to go before the official start of high school football practice, Woodland High School has its new head football coach.

The school named Blair Armstrong to the position Tuesday night after his hiring was approved by the Randolph County School Board and confirmed by superintendent John Jacobs.

"He really likes to find programs like Woodland that are struggling a little bit and try to get them back on the right track," Jacobs said. "We're really excited to have him. It's what [Woodland] needs right now, someone to come in and build it back up."

Armstrong has state championship experience as a head coach. He led Georgia's Jefferson County High School to a state championship in 1982 and won a shared state title at Peachtree City in Gwinnett County, Georgia, in 2006.

Jacobs said that he also coached on state championship teams in Florida during his career.

Most recently Armstrong was the defensive coordinator at Smiths Station.

He comes to Woodland on the heels of Jeremy Stanford's resignation earlier this month. Stanford left to take an assistant coaching job at Oxford under head coach Keith Etheredge.

Jacobs said that Armstrong won the approval of principal Brett Waites and the school board thanks in part to his track record of reviving troubled programs. Jacobs said Armstrong presented an extensive, detailed plan for how to do the same thing at Woodland as part of his application for the job.

He enters a program that has missed the playoffs for four straight years and that was hit with the tragic death of rising freshman Samuel Robertson in a car accident last week.

Monday is the official start date for high school football practice throughout the state.

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