Woods returns to Meek as head basketball coach

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ARLEY — Bryan Woods has been a head coach at both Lynn and Addison, now he’s back home.

Woods is the new varsity boys basketball coach at Meek High School. He returns to Wayne Tidwell Gymnasium 17 years removed from his days starring at center for the Tigers.

Woods, 35, spent the last two years as the Lynn High School boys basketball coach. He was also a head varsity coach at Addison for five years.

“The time came to come back home. I’m excited to be here and work with the kids and see what we can do. Everybody has welcomed me back with open arms. It’s really been great,” said Woods, who graduated from Meek in 2003. “I get to work with coach (Devin) Guthrie again. When I moved here (from Sulligent) in 1998, he was my junior high coach. That team lost one game. He was an assistant on the varsity team, too. While I was in school he was a big part of my life.”

During his playing days, Woods helped the Tigers to three consecutive county tournament titles, three 20-plus wins seasons and a trip to the Northwest Regional Tournament in his senior season. Meek finished the 2003 season with a 29-3 record with Woods and first-team All-State selection Philip Williams leading Poe Hiller’s squad.

This season Woods is inheriting a team coming off a 5-24 record in 2019 under coach Daniel Woodard.

Meek will compete in Class 1A, Area 12 with Lynn, Brilliant, St. Bernard and Marion County for the next two years.

“Going in, we are expecting to be a contender for the top spot. That’s the mentality and the mind set that we will have,” said Woods, who doesn’t return much experience from last year’s squad. “We are going to be young. We will have two seniors (Kaleb Cheery and Kendrick Smith), one junior (David Tidwell), four sophomores and three freshmen. The kids have come in, worked hard and bought into the program this summer. I’ve really enjoyed what time we’ve had together.”

Woods said the community support at Meek is essential to success.

“The community has always been a big supporter of the basketball program. We want to reach out and get the community back involved again,” Woods added.