(Story courtesy UO Athletic Department)
Woodie comes to Eugene after four seasons under Taggart at South Florida, spending 2013-14 as linebackers coach before being promoted to assistant head coach and linebackers coach in 2015 and then taking over as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach in 2016. With Woodie at the helm of the defense, the 2016 Bulls forced 26 turnovers, 15 interceptions and 11 forced fumbles, good for 18th in the nation. Woodie also guided two Bulls’ linebackers to all-conference honors during his time at USF, and helped Nigel Harris lead the nation and set a new USF record with six forced fumbles in 2014.
Woodie also took over direction of the USF special teams in 2015. His unit finished the season sixth in the nation in kickoff returns with a program-record average of 26.66 yards per return, and he helped Rodney Adams earn all-conference honors as a returner.
A highly-regarded recruiter, Woodie helped Taggart and USF secure the top-rated recruiting class in the American Conference in 2014 and 2015, and was named the top recruiter in the conference by Rivals in 2014.
Woodie started his collegiate coaching career at Western Kentucky, working under Taggart for three seasons as a defensive assistant. He coached defensive ends in 2010 and 2011 before taking over as linebackers coach in 2012. Woodie was instrumental in helping Taggart secure three top recruiting classes at WKU and was named the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Recruiter of the Year by Scout/FoxSports.com.
Prior to joining Taggart at Western Kentucky, Woodie spent three seasons (2007-09) as the head coach at Palmetto High School in Florida. Woodie guided Palmetto to the district championship in 2008. Woodie’s stint at Palmetto came after 10 seasons (1997-2006) as the head coach at Bayshore High School in Florida where he led his team to the district playoffs seven times. Woodie was the defensive coordinator at Bayshore in 1996 before taking over as head coach at the age of 23, making him the youngest high school head football coach in the state of Florida at the time.
Woodie lettered as an outside linebacker and strong safety at Bethune-Cookman from 1992-95, earning GTE Academic All-American honors and I-AA All-American and first-team MEAC Conference recognition as both a junior and senior. He set the school record with 14.5 sacks as a junior. Woodie played for the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League in 1996.
A native of Palmetto, Fla., and a graduate of Palmetto High School, Woodie earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bethune-Cookman in 1996 before getting his master’s degree in education from National Louis University.