GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Grand Valley State University didn’t have to look too far for their next head coach as they named Scott Wooster the eighth head coach. He is replacing veteran Matt Mitchell who left to become the linebacker and special teams coach at the University of Wisconsin.

GVSU Director of Athletics Keri Becker told the team on Saturday night. She comments on Wooster saying, “Scott Wooster demonstrated a superior ability to be the CEO of a football program and articulated a vision for leading young men who will leave here champions. Scott gives our team the absolute best chance for success now and into the future of Lake football.”

Wooster as has been the offensive line/tight end coach and run game coordinator for GVSU the past three seasons. This past season, GVSU led the GLIAC and was ranked in the top 10 in scoring offense (37.9 ppg), total offense (449.8 ypg), and rushing offense (228.7 ypg). His offensive line he coached had five players that were All-GLIAC as three were on the first-team. He also coached Quinton Barrow who was a consensus First-Team All-American, the GLIAC Offensive Lineman of the Year, and was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Bowl.

“My wife Christina, daughter Ellie, and I would like to thank President Mantella, Vice President Greg Sanial, and Keri Becker for this amazing opportunity to lead the ultimate college football experience that is the Grand Valley State football program. Grand Valley State University and Laker Football are the best in the country, and we are a one-of-one football program and university. The power of a the GVSU degree, the location, the campus, and the facilities are second to none. The tradition, commitment, and expectations of our athletic department are unmatched. But what makes GVSU truly special are the people: the administration, the support staff, the football alumni, the coaching staff, and most importantly, the student-athletes, “our guys,” the strongest brotherhood of love and trust in the country. We are extremely excited to attack this opportunity to grow, build, graduate young men, and win championships,” said Wooster.

Prior to coaching at GVSU, Wooster was at Wayne State University for 11 years in which he coached the offensive line for seven. He had 13 All-GLIAC players and one GLIAC Offensive Lineman of the Year. He also coached tight ends in his time there.

His collegiate playing career started at Eastern Michigan in 1995 but he then transferred to  Wayne State in 1996 where he was an All-MIFC player twice and a three-year starter. He earned his degree there in 2001 and then a master’s in exercise science with a concentration in exercise and sport psychology in 2007.