CHESTER, Texas — Former Lamar University football coach Ray Woodard is coming out of retirement to serve as the head coach at Class 1A Chester.

Woodard was fired by Lamar following a (3-8) campaign in 2016. The Corrigan native took over the position as head coach in 2008, and was instrumental in building the resurrected football program at Lamar University. In his time at LU the Cardinals went (34-46), with his best season being in 2014 when Big Red went (8-4). 

When asked why he decided to come out of retirement to coach at 1A Chester, Woodard said, "When we moved home to Corrigan, I promised my wife and my mom that I wouldn't move again. I would only look at a job that would allow me to stay here. Chester offers me an opportunity to coach and to have a chance to impact young men's lives. I have missed being involved in the game of football and being around the players. I'm excited to have this opportunity."

Chester is coming off a (2-7) season that saw the Yellowjackets go winless in District 13-1A-DII. The purple and gold's last playoff appearance came in 2016. 

1999: Houston Outlaws (7-3)
2003-04: Burton High School (8-12)
2007: Navarro College (9-3)
2008-16: Lamar University (34-46)
Overall: (58-64)