POSITION Linebackers Coach
Woodie is joining Coach Taggart’s staff for the fourth time. He coached defensive ends and linebackers at Western Kentucky before serving as linebackers coach, assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at South Florida and then outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Oregon.
“I am so excited to return to the state of Florida and coach for the best program in America,” Coach Woodie said. “I can’t wait to recruit and develop the highest caliber student-athletes in college football. My ultimate goal is to help Coach Taggart win multiple championships.”
Woodie orchestrated a nearly perfect kicking game in 2017 as Oregon finished the season 63-of-63 on PAT attempts and 9-of-12 on field goals. Additionally, the team’s average of 22.73 yards per kickoff return ranked third in the Pac-12. Long snapper Tanner Carew earned first-team All-America honors from Phil Steele and was invited to the Senior Bowl, and freshman Brenden Schooler was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection as an all-purpose/special teams player. Kicker Adrian Schneider broke Oregon’s school record with 51 career made field goals.
On defense, Woodie’s outside linebackers made major contributions to a unit that ranked 23rd in the country with 25 turnovers forced, 22nd with an average of 7.2 tackles for loss per game and 24th in rushing defense by allowing 128.5 yards per game on the ground. The team’s total defense ranking soared from 126th in 2016 to 46th in 2017.
At South Florida, Woodie held the title of assistant head coach for two seasons and coordinated the Bulls’ defense during their record-breaking 2016 season. That year, USF won a school-record 11 games while the defense forced 26 turnovers to rank 18th in the country and returned three for touchdowns, tied for the 19th-highest total in the nation.
He also oversaw the linebackers at South Florida, coaching two to all-conference recognition. In 2014, Nigel Harris led the country and broke a school record with six forced fumbles. Woodie tutored the Houston Texans’ sixth-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, Reshard Cliett, and also helped DeDe Lattimore and Harris reach the NFL.
In 2015, he was responsible for the Bulls’ special teams and coached the sixth-best kickoff return unit in the country as USF finished the year with a program-record average of 26.66 yards per return. Kickoff returner Rodney Adams was a second-team all-conference selection after leading the American Athletic Conference and ranking sixth in the NCAA with his average of 29.1 yards per return. Adams was selected in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.
Woodie boasts an impressive resume on the recruiting trail, having earned AAC top recruiter recognition by Rivals in 2014 and the Sun Belt’s Recruiter of the Year by Scout/FoxSports.com in 2012. He was also ranked as the No. 1 recruiter in the Pac-12 and No. 13 nationally by 247Sports during the 2017 season. He helped Coach Taggart sign the AAC’s top classes in 2014 and 2015, directly recruiting nine of USF’s 10 all-conference selections in 2016, and the highest-ranked classes in the Sun Belt in 2010 and 2011.
While at Western Kentucky, he recruited Venice, Florida, native Forrest Lamp and Lakeland, Florida, native Andrew Jackson to Bowling Green. Lamp was a second-round pick by the Los Angeles Chargers in the 2017 NFL Draft and Jackson was selected in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. They are two of seven Hilltoppers recruited by Woodie to play in the NFL.
Before entering college coaching with Taggart at Western Kentucky, Woodie was a high school head coach in South Florida for 13 seasons. He was the head coach at Palmetto High School from 2007-09 and led the Tigers to a district title in 2008. From 1997-2006, Woodie was the head coach at Bayshore High School following one season as the team’s defensive coordinator and led the Bruins to the state playoffs seven times. When he took over as head coach he was only 23 years old, making him the youngest head coach in the state.
Woodie lettered as an outside linebacker and strong safety at Bethune-Cookman from 1992-95, where he earned GTE Academic All-America honors and was a I-AA All-American and first-team All-MEAC performer his final two seasons. As a junior, he broke the program’s single-season record with 14.5 sacks. Following his collegiate career, Woodie spent one season playing for the CFL’s British Columbia Lions.
A native of Palmetto, Florida, and graduate of Palmetto High School, Woodie graduated from Bethune-Cookman in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and earned his master’s degree in education from National Louis University.
Woodie and his wife, Stephanie, have three children, Raymond, Alanah and Kaden.