Like many coaches, David Woodard is a creature of habit. Success in his business is built on months of drills, repetitions, and routines. But he’s also a citizen of West, where life lately has been anything but routine.
Woodard grew up in this town just north of Waco and his dad coached baseball at the high school. Nearly two decades later, Woodard became a coach at West High School himself, taking over the track team and running the defense for the football team before becoming the head coach in December. Four months later, the fertilizer plant that sits between Woodard’s house on Reagan Street and his office at the high school exploded, forever changing the history of the town. And in the four months since, Woodard has worked to re-establish those familiar routines and even introduce a few new ones. (August 30, 2013)