|Born||March 29, 1970|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|High Point (asst.)
Texas A&M Corpus Christi (asst.)
Texas Christian (asst.)
Mississippi Valley St.
Woods attended Cathedral High School in Indianapolis before playing college basketball at Kentucky. As a Wildcat in 1992, he was a member of a senior-laden team colloquially known as the "Unforgettables" who had come to Kentucky in 1988 and had stayed with the school all four years despite a major scandal that put Kentucky on NCAA probation until the 1992 season, in which they were allowed to participate in postseason play again.
The Unforgettables, coached by Rick Pitino and also including fellow seniors Richie Farmer, Deron Feldhaus, and John Pelphrey, surprised many by garnering a #2 seed and reaching the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament that year. Woods and the Wildcats defeated Old Dominion, Iowa State and UMass en route to the regional final. With a 29–6 record, the Wildcats faced off against Duke at the Spectrum in Philadelphia with a trip to the Final Four on the line.
In the finals against Duke, Woods cemented a legendary status in Kentucky lore by pouring in 21 points, none more important than a 10-foot (3.0 m) floater over Christian Laettner that bounced off the backboard and dropped into the basket in overtime. The basket gave Kentucky a 103–102 lead with 2.1 seconds remaining. However, the Unforgettables would lose the game on Laettner's subsequent jumper as time expired.
Woods went to the NBA and played for the Indiana Pacers, but not making the roster. He ran a popular basketball camp during his time in the NBA, which polished future players such as Tony Delk and Antoine Walker (both of whom played at Kentucky). He was an assistant coach at High Point University before he came to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, also as an assistant.
In 2005, Woods became a charter member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the Unforgettables. Immediately following the Duke loss, every Kentucky senior's jersey (though not their numbers) was retired. Woods is currently fifth all-time on Kentucky's career assist list, with 482. He is married and has two children. His son Martiese Morones, a high school point guard in Kentucky, was signed by TCU for the 2006–07 season. Woods would join the TCU staff shortly afterwards.
On June 24, 2008, Woods became the head coach of the Mississippi Valley State University men's basketball team. In Woods' last year there in 2012, the Delta Devils won the Southwestern Athletic Conference regular season and conference tournament, reaching the NCAA Tournament, but losing in the First Four round.
On May 14, 2012, Woods was announced as head coach at Morehead State University, taking over for Donnie Tyndall who was hired as the head coach at Southern Mississippi. Woods was suspended for one game in 2012 for shoving and confronting his player Devon Atkinson who fouled out in a loss to the University of Kentucky.
Family: Melvin Moore Cousin, Jacob Quinton, Donovan Brandon Camron Tychicus Jr, and Thaddeus Moore
Head coaching record
As of November 23, 2012
|Mississippi Valley St. Delta Devils (Southwestern Athletic Conference) (2008–2012)|
|2008–2009||Mississippi Valley St.||7–25||7–11||6th|
|2009–2010||Mississippi Valley St.||9–23||8–10||7th|
|2010–2011||Mississippi Valley St.||13–19||12–6||3rd|
|2011–2012||Mississippi Valley St.||21–13||17–1||1st||NCAA 1st Round|
|Mississippi Valley St.:||50–80||44–28|
|Morehead St. Eagles (Ohio Valley Conference) (2012–present)|
National champion Conference regular season champion Conference tournament champion
- "Sean Woods". BigBlueHistory.net. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
- "Morehead State names Sean Woods head men's basketball coach". Kentucky.com. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
- Scott Jaschik (November 26, 2012). "Role Models". Retrieved 31 January 2013.