The Westland High School football program is under new leadership.

The South-Western City Schools District board of education approved the hiring of Steve White as the varsity team's new head coach on Jan. 24.

White, 41, replaces Brian Smith, who resigned following last season.

Last season, Westland finished 1-9 overall and 0-7 in the OCC-Central Division, with its lone win coming against Toledo Scott 28-0 on Sept. 10. In three seasons under Smith, the Cougars were 2-28 overall and 0-19 in the OCC.

White brings a wealth of coaching experience to his new position, including serving as the Cougars' outside linebackers coach last season.

"I'm excited to be a Cougar," White said. "I'm getting ready to get to work, get things going in the weight room and then get things rolling in the summertime."

White's other coaching experience includes serving as an assistant football coach at Grove City from 1988-93 and freshmen football coach at Youngstown Ursuline in 1994-95. He returned to Grove City in 1996 where he coached running backs and linebackers until 2001, and later served as the program's defensive coordinator from 2002-07. He was the defensive ends coach at Olentangy Orange in 2008 in the first year of that program's existence.

White is a 1988 graduate of Grove City High School where he played two years of varsity football. He graduated from Youngstown State in 1996.

White is a social studies teacher at Grove City.