Woodland High School hires state champion football coach

Sean McDonald has led Kalama to three state championships since 2017 and is set to move to Class 2A football to lead the Woodland Beavers.

Sean McDonald is leaving Kalama to coach the Beavers

A three-time state championship football coach will be taking over at Woodland High School, pending school board approval.

Sean McDonald, who led Kalama to three state championships since 2017, including a title this past fall, is set to take over the Woodland football program.

“His record speaks for itself, but it’s about more than that for us,” said Paul Huddleston, the school’s athletic director in an email to the media. 

Huddleston called McDonald a high-character person who truly cares about his athletes and students.

“He obviously knows what it takes to be competitive at a high level in high school football and we’re excited that he’ll be bringing that to Woodland,” Huddleston said. “He brings not only a passion for football  but also strength and conditioning, which makes him a perfect fit for what we are trying to do here within our athletic program.”

McDonald will be hired as a physical education teacher, as well, at Woodland. In that role, he will be helping athletes in all sports, not just football.

“This is a great opportunity for us to take both our football and PE programs to new heights,” Huddleston said.

McDonald takes over for Mike Woodward, who resigned following the 2021 season in order to become the head coach at Battle Ground. Woodward, who was a head coach at Mountain View and Hudson’s Bay before taking over a program in San Diego, Calif., returned to the Northwest to coach at Woodland. Woodward said he loved his time at Woodland but he wanted the opportunity to coach his hometown school. Woodward is a 1988 graduate of Battle Ground.

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