Andrews had a chance to meet with some of his new players on Monday, and at least one of them came away highly impressed.
Junior linebacker Derek Weldy said he and his teammates are excited about playing for their new coach.
“I feel like he can give us the spark we need to get our program back on track,” Weldy said.
NorthWood athletic director Norm Sellers said about 50 inquiries and 19 actual applications were received for the position vacated by Scott Hoover at the end of the 2012 season, which ended for the Panthers with a 4-6 record and first-round sectional loss at East Noble.
“Nate was our guy,” Sellers said. “He did things the right way, and waited until his season at Western was over.”
There was a sense of urgency to get a new coach hired quickly, Sellers said.
The plan is to bring Andrews into NorthWood in a teaching position during the current school year, Sellers added. Until that happens, Andrews will remain in his current position at Western.
Andrews was a three-sport star for the Panthers: In football, he was a three-time letterwinner who helped the Panthers win three NLC titles; in wrestling, he was a four-time letterwinner and 1996 state champion at 171 pounds; and in track, he was a four-time letterwinner who won seven NLC titles.