Stetson men’s basketball head coach Corey Williams announced Friday the hiring of Sean Woods to serve as an assistant coach for the Hatters.
Woods, who played in college for the University of Kentucky, was most recently the head coach at Morehead State before resigning from that position on Dec. 15, 2016, following an independent investigation into allegations by two players that Woods assaulted them.
Woods has spent nine seasons as a head coach at the Division I level. In five seasons at Morehead from 2012 to 12016, he was 77-70 (2012-16). Woods led the Eagles to a pair of 20-win seasons, including a 23-win campaign and a runner-up finish in the CBI tournament in 2015-16.
“Sean has won every place he’s been,” Williams said in a news release by the school, which is located in DeLand, Fla. “He has a sharp mind and understands the game. He knows how to recruit; he has a very large skill set. Having Sean on staff makes my job a lot easier. It’s going to be great to have someone who can see things from a head coach’s perspective. I’m awfully excited about adding Sean to our program, where he’ll join (fellow assistants) Bert Capel and Kevin Dux to give us a really strong staff. He’ll be the most qualified assistant coach in the Atlantic Sun Conference.”
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Prior to his stint at Morehead, Woods spent four seasons as the head coach at Mississippi Valley State (2008-12), where he improved the Delta Devils from seven wins in his first season to 21 victories and an NCAA Tournament berth in his fourth and final season.
“I’m coming to work with my best friend,” Woods said of joining the Hatters. “The fact that Corey and I can sit on the sidelines and coach with each other is a blessing. Corey has Stetson moving in the right direction. I’ve heard so many good things about Stetson and DeLand. This situation couldn’t be any better for me and I’m really looking forward to getting started.”
Woods and Williams have been friends since the summer before their senior years of high school, when they met at a top prospect camp in Indiana.
“We’ve been friends for a long time,” Williams said. “We got to know each other that summer, spending time in the dorms and in the cafeteria. We’ve been friends ever since. I went to Oklahoma State and he went to Kentucky but we’ve remained close over the years.”
Woods began his collegiate coaching career in 2003 as an assistant at High Point. From there he moved on to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for the 2005-06 season, before landing at TCU for two seasons (2006-08).
A member of the the University of Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, Woods played at UK from 1988 to 1992, appearing in 91 total games. Woods is best known as one of the “Unforgettables” from Kentucky’s 1992 East Regional final team. He scored 21 points against Duke in the regional championship in what is largely regarded as one of the NCAA Tournament’s most memorable games.
Woods still ranks as Kentucky’s all-time leader in career assists-per-game (5.30) and career steals-per-game (1.58).
A native of Indianapolis, Woods in 2013 was named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary Team.