Woodley to Texas H.S. Ranks; Allen Stays in Ames

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State associate head football coach Terry Allen, pursued by North Dakota State officials about the Bison head coaching position, will stay on to coach the Cyclone tight ends this fall. Iowa State football administrative assistant Mike Woodley, a member of Cyclone head coach Dan McCarney's original staff, has accepted an offer to coach at Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, Texas.

Allen came to Iowa State from Kansas, where he served as head coach for four seasons. The Iowa City native also coached at Northern Iowa, where his teams won seven conference titles and earned two semifinal berths in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.

"Terry means a lot to this program," McCarney said. "We are extremely happy that he will be with us to make a major contribution to this team again this fall."

"North Dakota State was a great opportuntity," Allen said. "It has great leadership from an outstanding president and athletic director. Ultimately, I enjoy being here with Dan McCarney as we build on the success of the last three seasons."

Woodley came to ISU from West Des Moines-Valley High School, where he served as head coach. The Waterloo native spent eight years at ISU, three as linebackers coach, four as tight ends coach and the last year as an administrative assistant, including direct oversight of Cyclone football summer camps. His position will not be replaced.

"Mike wanted to be a head coach again," McCarney said. "The loyalty of the Woodley family to ISU goes beyond words. We will miss his contributions to our program but miss him even more as a friend. Mike was the first person I hired at Iowa State. I think that says it all. He missed being a head coach and for him to get a position as the leader of a Texas Class 5A school is a great opportunity."

Iowa State spring football practice begins March 26. The Cyclone spring game is April 19 at 1 p.m. in Jack Trice Stadium. Admission is free. ISU opens the 2003 season Aug. 30 against Northern Iowa in Ames.

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