Southern University named Sean Woods as its head men's basketball coach on April 12, 2018. Prior to arriving at the Bluff, Woods served asa an assistant coach at Stetson University (2017-2018).
Sean Woods, who has been associated with seven Division I men's basketball programs, enters his tenth season as a Division I head coach and 16th year of coaching at the collegiate level. Woods has tallied an 127-150 record (.458) through his first nine seasons as a head coach.
Woods compiled a 77-70 record in five seasons (2012-2016) at Morehead State. He gained more wins in his first four seasons than any coach in program history. Woods also mentored 11 professional athletes during his time at Morehead State.
He led the Eagles to a 23-14 overall record and 11-5 Ohio Valley Conference mark, along with a second place finish in the College Basketball Invitational in 2015-16.
With their trip to the championship series of the CBI, Morehead State won four postseason games, the mostin program history. MSU's 20-win season marked the seventh in program history. Woods led Morehead State to 20-plus wins twicw during his tenure with the Eagles. The 23-wins marked the most victories for the Eagles since they finished the 2010-11 season at 25-10.
He led the Eagles to a 17-7 overall record and 10-6 Ohio Valley Conference mark in 2014-15, despite over half the team suffering significant injuries. In addition the Eagles work in the classroom was a highlight as the team secured a team overall gpa of 3.21.
Woods guided MSU to a 20-14 overall record and 10-6 OVC mark in 2013-14, which was another injury-plagued campaign. The Eagles made their ninth straight league tournament appearance and played in the College Baskatball Invitational (CBI).
In his second season at the helm, Morehead State reached the 20-win plateau for just the ninth time. The Eagles also managed the league's best road record (9-7).
Woods shattered a Morehead State record for victories by a second-year head coach in 2013-14. The previous standard was 16. He has also collected more wins (35) than any other bench boss during their first two seasons at MSU.
Woods piloted Morehead State to a 15-18 overall record and 8-8 conference mark in 2012-13, despite inheriting a program with just four scholarship players.
Also during Woods tenure at Morehead State, his teams led the Ohio Valley Conference in rebounding (2013, 2014 & 2016) and was ranked among one of the nation’s best rebounding teams.
Before taking the reigns at Morehead, Woods led Mississippi Valley State to 50 overall wins and 44 Southwestern Athletic Conference victories from 2008-12. The 2011-12 Delta Devils finished 21-13 overall, 17-1 in the SWAC, won the conference tournament and advanced to the school’s fifth-ever NCAA Tournament.
MVSU improved by 14 overall wins and 10 conference victories from his first season to his fourth. Woods was recognized as the 2011-12 SWAC Coach of the Year and earned the prestigious Ben Jobe Award, which honors the top minority coach in NCAA Division I men’s college basketball.
Prior to accepting the head position in Itta Bena, Miss., Woods spent time on the coaching staffs at TCU (2006-08), Texas A&M Corpus Christi (2005-06) and High Point (2003-05). All five of those teams recorded at least 13 wins. His squad at TAMUCC posted a 20-8 overall record.
Woods played in 91 games at Kentucky from 1989-92. He was coached by Rick Pitino, Tubby Smith and Billy Donovan, who have all won national titles as head coaches. Woods, whose #11 jersey hangs in Rupp Arena, was later inducted into the UK Athletic Hall of Fame.
Woods may be best known as one of the “Unforgettables” from Kentucky’s 1992 East Regional final team. He scored 21 points against Duke in one of the NCAA Tournament’s most memorable games en route to All-Tournament Team honors.
Woods played on nationally-ranked teams as a sophomore, junior and senior at Kentucky. He helped the Wildcats to the Southeastern Conference's best league record (14-4) as a junior before UK won the SEC Tournament (12-4) his senior year.
A starting point guard, Woods still ranks first in Kentucky history for career assists (5.30) and career steals (1.58) per game.
Woods, an Indianapolis native, is a 1988 graduate of Cathedral High School. He was a three-time all-city selection (1986-88), two-time all-state choice (1987-88) and a member of the prestigious Indiana All-Star Team following his final year.
In 2013, Woods was tabbed to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Silver Anniversary Team. The group of honorees included several Division I college basketball players, plus six-time National Basketball Association All-Star Shawn Kemp.
Woods and his wife, Dashaynia, have two sons -- Martiese Morones (32) and DeSean Woods (17).