Friday Night Football Preview: NorthWood Panthers

Nate Andrews is feeling right at home back at NorthWood.

"It's my dream. It is my dream job--always has been," the 1996 NorthWood grad says about entering his 1st year as his alma mater's head football coach. "In the back of mind, I've always left it that way. I've tried to make other places the place and it just has not been right for me."

Andrews is a legacy at NorthWood. He's the son of Panthers football legend Jim Andrews, who was a Hall of Fame coach for 20 years at NorthWood before he died tragically in a car accident in 1992.

Nate is also the stepson of another former Panthers coach--Rich Dodson, who led NorthWood to multiple state championships in an outstanding career himself.

"Family ties and all those types of things--one minute I find myself fired up and everything else and the next moment I find myself in tears," Nate says. "That's what it is, it's emotional and because it makes it extra special."

Nate replaces Scott Hoover, who stepped down as the NorthWood coach after five seasons.

Nate returns home after coaching the last two years at Western, where he was 15-8. Prior to that, he coached at Lapel. In 7 seven overall seasons as a varsity football coach, Nate Andrews holds a 40-39 record.

NorthWood opens the season against Jimtown on August 22nd.


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