|Born||March 29, 1970|
East Chicago, Indiana
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2003–2005||High Point (asst.)|
|2005–2006||Texas A&M Corpus Christi (asst.)|
|2008–2012||Mississippi Valley St.|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|SWAC regular season championship (2012)|
SWAC Tournament championship (2012)
|SWAC Coach of the Year (2012) |
Ben Jobe Award (2012)
Woods attended Cathedral High School in Indianapolis before playing college basketball at the University of 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 for all four years, despite the NCAA putting the university's basketball program on probation for three years, including a ban on post-season competition in both 1990 and 1991, for recruiting and academic violations in 1989.
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 1992 NCAA tournament. Woods and the Wildcats defeated Old Dominion, Iowa State, and the University of Massachusetts 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 lost the game on Laettner's subsequent jumper as time expired.
He then ran a popular basketball camp, which polished future basketball players such as Tony Delk and Antoine Walker (both of whom had played at Kentucky). He was an assistant coach at High Point University before he moved 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.
On June 24, 2008, Woods became the head coach of the Mississippi Valley State University men's basketball team. In 2012, Woods's last year there, the Delta Devils won the Southwestern Athletic Conference regular season and conference tournament, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. The team lost in the First Four round. Woods was chosen as the 2012 winner of the Ben Jobe Award, given annually to the most outstanding minority men's college basketball head coach in NCAA Division I competition.
On November 22, 2016, Woods was suspended as head coach as result of an investigation into player mistreatment. He was subsequently charged with misdemeanor battery after two players accused him of assaulting them during a game, and a player's father claimed to ESPN that Woods head-butted his son. Assistant coach Preston Spradlin was named interim head coach during the investigation.
On December 15, two days after Woods was charged with misdemeanor battery in Indiana for allegedly assaulting two of his players during a game versus Evansville, it was announced that Woods had resigned. Spradlin would continue as interim coach while the school conducted a nationwide search for a replacement.
On June 9, 2017, Woods was hired by Stetson University as an assistant coach for the men's basketball team. He stayed on the Hatters' staff for one season before being named the 12th head coach in Southern University history on April 12, 2018. He replaced Morris Scott who served as interim head coach for the 2017-18 season.
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 (.385)||44–28 (.611)|
|Morehead State Eagles (Ohio Valley Conference) (2012–2016)|
|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)|
|2015–16||Morehead State||23–14||11–5||2nd (East)||CBI Runner-Up|
|Morehead State:||77–70 (.524)||39–26 (.600)|
|Southern Jaguars (Southwestern Athletic Conference) (2018–present)|
|Southern:||1–7 (.125)||0–0 (–)|
Postseason invitational champion
Woods 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 joined the TCU staff shortly afterwards.
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- "Statement on future of Men's Basketball Program". Retrieved January 13, 2017.
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