Fred Fernandes, the football coach for the past four years at the high school, was hired and took another head coaching position at Roy High School, with his teaching duties starting around the middle of January.
And after five interviews for the position from five highly qualified individuals, Athletic Director Rick Winder introduced the new Woods Cross football coach to the players Tuesday night.
Kitt Rawlings, a former football player for Woods Cross High School, was named as the newest coach for the team, who went through one of the best four-year stretches as a squad over the Fernandes era.
“We’re excited to have him here,” said Winder. “We introduced him to the players last night and they all seem very excited about him being here.
“He’s a former player and has a good history with this team.”
According to Winder, Rawlings was a three year letterman at the high school, and was voted as an All-American and All-State player during his time as a Wildcat.
His name, according to Winder, is a familiar one to many. According to other news sources, Rawlings is one of two players to ever rush for 400 yards in a game (he did it against Bountiful in the team’s last win over the Braves) and one of just 10 players to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season.
During his last season at Woods Cross, the team went 10-3 overall, losing to only Davis and Jordan while competing at the 3A level.
The team’s last regular season game that year was a 28-21 win over Bountiful, and they eventually lost in the state 3A championship game to Logan.
During his Kansas State years, Rawlings was a four year starter from 1990-1993 and helped lead the Wildcats to their first bowl game under head coach Bill Snyder.
That year, the team won the Copper Bowl over Wyoming.
Rawlings will be making the trek to Woods Cross from Washington, where he was the coach at Ridgefield High School and helped the program to a 7-3 overall record last season after only a single win the year before.
Rawlings will take over a squad that went 18-20 over that span with one playoff appearance.
The ’Cats finished last season with a 3-3 Region 6 record, and barely fell short of making the playoffs in 4A.
After starting the season with two strong wins, the Wildcats went on an 0-4 skid (including another loss to Bountiful High) and started 0-3 in Region 6 play.
Afterward, the Wildcats went on a 3-0 stretch that included wins over Stansbury, Tooele and Highland to finish with a 5-4 overall record.