Year in Review 2011: Woodbury alumnus Andy Hill replaces Beau LaBore
Who says you can't go home again?
In 2011, Woodbury High School 1996 graduate Andrew Hill was hired as the new head football coach at his alma mater.
Prior to taking the reins of the Royals, Hill was the head football coach of South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia for one year. In the largest school category in Virginia, South Lakes finished 8-4 and advanced to the regional semifinal game, which was the best finish for that program since 2002.
Hill took over for Beau LaBore, who left the Royals to be the head football at Suburban East Conference rival Stillwater. LaBore was hired at Woodbury in 2005, taking over for Paul Herzog. In six seasons, LaBore compiled a 26-33 record.
In LaBore's final year Woodbury went 4-6, falling to Cretin-Derham Hall 44-21 in the second round of the Section 4AAAAA playoffs.
"We are extremely excited to bring Coach Hill back to Woodbury," Woodbury Activities Director Jason Schultz said at the time. "He lives a passion for the game and the student athletes he impacts on and off the field. Andy Hill is the perfect man for this position. Woodbury football is in very good hands."
After graduating from Woodbury in 1996, Hill played for the University of St. Thomas for two years before deciding to come back to Woodbury as a volunteer quarterback coach. He coached the Royals from 1998-1999 and was part of the only state championship football team in Woodbury High School history. From 2000 to 2004 he had coaching stints at Apple Valley High School, again as the quarterback coach, and he moved up the coaching ranks as offensive coordinator for Hill-Murray High School.
When hired at Stillwater, LaBore said being selected to lead the Ponies was bittersweet, but said he believed the football program's situation in Stillwater was "less complicated" than in Woodbury.
"It's absolutely less complicated," LaBore said. "It's one community around that one school, one team and it will be fun to coordinate that program throughout the community from the bottom to the top."
Woodbury was 1-8 overall in LaBore's first year, but improved to 9-2 and was ranked eighth in the state in 2008-09 --?the year before fellow District 833 high school East Ridge opened its doors.