Woodlawn High has selected DaVaughn Mellerson as its new football coach, the Baltimore County school announced Friday morning. Mellerson replaces Justin Payne, who coached last season.

“We are extremely excited about adding such a high quality and character coach to the Woodlawn Warrior staff,” said Woodlawn Athletic Director Mike Sye in a statement. “We strongly believe that the addition of Coach Mellerson will begin a bright future for Woodlawn football.”

A graduate of Mount St. Joseph and Wake Forest University, Mellerson has coached football and track since 2001. He was defensive coordinator under Reggie White at Milford Mill Academy the past two seasons, and is currently coaching the track team at Carver A&T.

From 2004 to 2009, Mellerson was junior varsity defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Mount St. Joseph. Mellerson was a first-team All-Metro performer in his senior year (1995-96) at the Irvington school before heading to Wake Forest where he played on the defensive line in football and was a shot putter for the track team.

Mellerson will be the third coach in as many seasons for Woodlawn this fall. Mark Agent, a former Gilman School and University of Maryland standout, coached two seasons (2008 and 2009), succeeding Leonard Hart who led the Warriors to the Class 4A state semifinals in 2003.

The Warriors have reached the postseason once (2009) since.

“I am excited and looking forward to making Woodlawn a perennial powerhouse again,” said Mellerson in the statement. “I am more excited about building the character of our student-athletes and preparing them for life beyond the athletic arena.”