ALLENDALE, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Valley State University introduced Scott Wooster as head football coach at a Tuesday news conference.

Wooster was promoted from within after three years as the team’s offensive line/tight end coach and run game coordinator. In that role, he helped the Lakers lead the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and rank in the top 10 nationally in scoring, total and rushing offenses last season.

At Tuesday’s news conference, Wooster told players to look ahead and envision themselves next spring, after a successful football season.

“They’ll be mentally tough, play with relentless pursuit. They’ll be physically dominant and be consistent. On special teams, yeah, we’ll be dominant too. We’ll flip every single field, we’ll kick every game winner,” said Wooster of his players.

He will be the eighth head coach in Laker football history. Wooster replaces GVSU’s last head football coach Matt Mitchell, who resigned to be the linebacker coach and special teams coordinator at the University of Wisconsin.

Wooster thanked Mitchell for bringing his family home to Grand Valley and for his mentorship.

“For showing me how to take care of his guys, to fight for his guys. How to win, how to win big and how to do it the right way,” Wooster said of Mitchell.

For 11 years, Wooster coached at Wayne State University, seven of which he coached the offensive line.

Wooster himself played at Eastern Michigan in 1995 before transferring to Wayne State in 1996 where he started for three years. He earned his undergraduate degree in 2001 and his master’s in exercise science with a concentration in exercise and sport psychology in 2007.

“The pride and tradition at Grand Valley State is unmatched. It is one of one. It’ is an absolute honor but yet so humbling to be the eighth football coach of Laker football,” Wooster said.