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|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 the NCAA putting the university's basketball program on probation for three years for recruiting and academic violations in 1989. The NCAA also barred the team from participating in post-season competition in both 1990 and 1991.
The Unforgettables were coached by Rick Pitino and included fellow seniors Richie Farmer, Deron Feldhaus, and John Pelphrey. The team 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 scoring 21 points, including a 10-foot (3.0 m) floater over Christian Laettner 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.
After Woods graduated, he was added to the NBA's Indiana Pacers preseason roster but did not make the team. He then ran a popular basketball camp, which polished future basketball 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. 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.
Head coaching record
|Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (Southwestern Athletic Conference) (2008–2012)|
|2008–09||Mississippi Valley State||7–25||7–11||6th|
|2009–10||Mississippi Valley State||9–23||8–10||7th|
|2010–11||Mississippi Valley State||13–19||12–6||3rd|
|2011–12||Mississippi Valley State||21–13||17–1||1st||NCAA First Four|
|Mississippi Valley State:||50–80||44–28|
|Morehead State Eagles (Ohio Valley Conference) (2012–present)|
|2012–13||Morehead State||15–18||8–8||T–4th (East)|
|2013–14||Morehead State||20–14||10–6||3rd (East)||CBI First Round|
|2014–15||Morehead State||17–17||10–6||3rd (East)|
|Morehead State:||52–49 (.515)||28–21|
National champion Postseason invitational 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.