Truman State names new Men's Basketball Coach
Truman State University Director of Athletics Jerry Wollmering has announced the hiring of Matt Woodley as the Head Men TMs Basketball Coach. Woodley is the 11th head coach in the program TMs history and comes to Truman following nine years of Division I coaching experience and two seasons at Waukee (Iowa) High School.
"We are thrilled that Matt has accepted the position to lead our men's basketball program," Wollmering said. "His outstanding experience and enthusiasm will bring high expectations both on the court and in the classroom."
Woodley graduated with a degree in elementary education from Drake (Iowa) University in 2000, having played three seasons for the Bulldogs.
He was a starter in every game played and ended his career as the program's all-time leader in steals and second in three-pointers.
He twice earned honorable mention honors from the Missouri Valley Conference and was the team MVP his senior season.
He then served as a graduate assistant at Wayne (Neb.) State for one season before becoming an assistant coach at the University of Denver in 2001.
There, he assisted with all aspects of the team, including recruiting, scouting, scheduling and on-floor
He played a key role in recruiting the 2005 Sun Belt Player of the Year, Yemi Nicholson, as well as two other all-Sun Belt selections from the 2004-2005 season.
The Des Moines, Iowa, native spent three seasons at Denver before joining head coach Kermit Davis' staff at Middle Tennessee State as an assistant coach.
Woodley's responsibilities included recruiting, scouting, scheduling and film exchange, as well as the daily preparations for the team.
He helped land future all-Sun Belt honorees Desmond Yates (first-team, 2008), Kevin Kanaskie and Adam Vogelsberg. The 2005 recruiting class was ranked 20th overall by national publications.
At both DU and MTSU, Woodley supervised the men's basketball academic programs, landing a combined 14 players on Sun Belt Conference all-academic teams.
Woodley then spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Washington State University for head coach Tony Bennett from 2006-09.
During his stint at the school, the Cougars advanced to three consecutive postseason appearances, including the NCAA "Sweet 16" in 2008.
He served as the program's recruiting coordinator, once again landing a top-20 recruiting class.
On the court, he helped the program post back-to-back 25-win seasons and NCAA tournament appearances for the first time in school history.
With family roots in the state of Iowa, Woodley returned home to take the reins of the Waukee High School boys TM basketball program in 2009.
In the past two seasons, the school won its first ever CIML conference championship, earning a trip to the Iowa state tournament this year.
"Matt Woodley is a great hire for Truman State University," said University President Troy Paino.
"I believe his success as a student-athlete and coach as well as his personal achievements make him a great fit for our institution. We are excited to welcome Matt and his wife, Jennifer, to the Truman and Kirksville communities.
Woodley comes from a coaching lineage, as his father and three brothers currently hold coaching positions at various levels.
His father, Mike, is the head football coach at Grandview (Iowa) University, while his brother, Joe, serves as the team's defensive coordinator.
His brother, Brian, is the head football coach at Johnston (Iowa) High School, while his brother Andy, who was a starting point guard at the University of Northern Iowa, won a state championship as the head boys TM basketball coach at Iowa City High School.
"I'm honored and humbled to be the next head basketball coach at Truman State University," Woodley said. "I believe in the direction of Dr. Paino and Jerry Wollmering, and together, we can make this University's basketball team a winning program both on and off the floor."
The Truman Department of Athletics will hold a press conference on Friday at 11:00 a.m. to introduce Woodley to the campus community. The location of the press conference will be announced later this week.
Courtesy Truman State University