Antioch high interim principal to stay, new football coach named

There are two leadership changes taking place at Antioch High School, but both are familiar faces.

Melissa Harkreader

Melissa Harkreader

First, Melissa Harkreader, who was named the interim executive principal at Antioch High in March, has been named the permanent executive principal at the school. She replaces Dr. Adrienne Koger, who took over the role of executive lead principal for priority schools.

Harkreader has served as an academy principal at both Cane Ridge High School and Hillsboro High School. She lives in the Antioch community and is a 1987 graduate of Antioch High School. She has has a B.S. and an M.B.E. from Middle Tennessee State University and an M.Ed. from Tennessee State University.

Also taking on a leadership role at Antioch High School is Michael Woodward, who will serve as head football coach, a role he’s filled before.

While previously at Antioch High, from 2006 to 2013, The Bears qualified for the playoffs five times and saw 15 players sign full or partial college scholarships.  He was also the 2012 Metro Coach of the Year and the 2012 District 12AAA Coach of the Year.

Michael Woodward

Michael Woodward

Woodward has also coached in various assistant roles at Brentwood High School, Ravenwood High School, Austin Peay State University, Centennial High School, and John Overton High School. He is also certified to teach math and physical education.

Woodward earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Evansville, a master’s degree in Sports Administration from Austin Peay State University, and a second masters in Educational Theory and Practice from Arkansas State University.