Men's Basketball

Morehead State names Sean Woods head men's basketball coach

Former Wildcat Sean Woods takes the helm at Morehead State after Donnie Tyndall's move to Southern Mississippi.
Former Wildcat Sean Woods takes the helm at Morehead State after Donnie Tyndall's move to Southern Mississippi. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Sean Woods, a member of The Unforgettables as a player at the University of Kentucky who led Mississippi Valley State to the 2012 NCAA Tournament, has been hired as the men's head basketball coach at Morehead State.

Woods succeeds Donnie Tyndall, who accepted the head coaching job at Southern Mississippi in late April.

Woods will be formally introduced at a news conference Monday.

"I believe that Coach Woods' experience, character and integrity will help us continue the momentum that our basketball program has achieved in recent years," said Dr. Wayne D. Andrews, Morehead State president.

Woods' overall record at Mississippi Valley was 50-80, but his teams improved each season. The Delta Devils were 7-25 in Woods' first season, followed by 9-23, 13-19 and 21-13.

The winning record in 2011-12 followed a 1-11 start. The Delta Devils went 17-1 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and won the conference tournament to advance to the school's fifth-ever NCAA Tournament.

He was named the SWAC Coach of the Year and earned the Ben Jobe Award, which honors the top minority coach in NCAA Division I men's college basketball.

"We are very excited to add Sean and his family to the Morehead State athletics family," said Brian Hutchinson, MSU director of athletics. "Sean is a strong leader and tireless worker. We were impressed with his energy, character, vision and professionalism throughout the interview process."

Before taking the job at MVSU, Woods was an assistant at TCU (2006-08), Texas A&M Corpus Christi (2005-06) and High Point (2003-05).

Morehead State has been to the post-season in three of the past four seasons. The Eagles have won 102 games the past five years, including a 2011 upset of Louisville in the NCAA Tournament.

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