Woodruff looks to continue winning nature

Published: November 20, 2015

PHOTO COURTESY OF SCRANTON ATHLETICS JUNIOR FORWARD Alexix Roman keeps the ball away from a defender during the team’s Nov. 22, 2014, 77-55 win at Muhlenberg College. This year, the team’s new head coach is Trevor Woodruff, and he hopes to continue the tradition of success for the Lady Royals.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SCRANTON ATHLETICS / JUNIOR FORWARD Alexix Roman keeps the ball away from a defender during the team’s Nov. 22, 2014, 77-55 win at Muhlenberg College. This year, the team’s new head coach is Trevor Woodruff, and he hopes to continue the tradition of success for the Lady Royals.

MIKE MAZZUCA
Staff Writer

The University Women’s Basketball Head Coach Trevor Woodruff knew the John J. Long Center before graduating high school. He would come to see players from his hometown, 40 minutes away, wear the purple and white.

In the fourth grade, Woodruff told his teacher he wanted to be a coach and pursued that goal. Woodruff began reading books on coaching and leadership to become a coach for a recreational youth team in the ninth grade. He remembers all of his former coaches as positive influences. He stated Roger Hoyt, his little league coach, was the first coach he admired.

Woodruff competed in varsity sports throughout high school and college. He was recruited by current University Athletic Director Dave Martin to play basketball at Misericordia University. Woodruff became a team captain and was selected for various honors while playing at Misericordia.

“I knew from a very early time from his career with us that he was going to be a coach,” Martin said. “He has a tremendous IQ, he understands the game.”

Woodruff earned his first coaching stint in 1999 as the head coach for Delaware Valley High School’s junior varsity basketball team. He stayed there until 2003. By that time, the young coach had already guided Delaware Valley to their first Lackawanna League championship.

Woodruff returned to Misericordia in a different role than before: varsity head coach. Martin handed the coaching position to his former player to focus on the responsibilities of director of athletics at Misericordia. Martin called Woodruff a “proven winner.”

Woodruff spent 11 years coaching the Cougars on Misericordia’s men’s basketball team. In 2011-12, Woodruff was named Freedom Conference Coach of the Year for leading the Cougars to a program best 21-7 record and conference championship. The Cougars posted a 16-11 record last year.

In the last six years, Woodruff has coached Misercordia into the conference championship four times (2009-10, 2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-15). Woodruff said “we (had) become respected regionally” in his time coaching the Cougars, but has been enjoying his tenure thus far with the Lady Royals. He was excited about the opportunity to come to The University.

“This is one of the best programs in the country and that was appealing to me. The chance to play for not only conference but potentially national championships is something every coach wants,” Woodruff said.

Senior Noelle Alicea received MVP honors at the Morgan Stanley Tip-Off Tournament last weekend.

“He is a tough one,” Alicea said. “We knew it would be a lot of hard work, so far we won our opening tournament so you can say the hard work has been paying off thus far.”

Director of Athletics Martin described Woodruff as a coach who understands Division III athletics. Martin said Woodruff will put academics before basketball and keep the Lady Royals competing every year.

“He’s a proven commodity. He’s won conference championships, taken teams to the NCAA tournament,”Martin said. “There is a tradition and history of winning here at The University in women’s basketball and I think he was the perfect guy to continue that.”

The Lady Royals take the court against Wilkes University at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Contact the writer: michael.mazzuca@scranton.edu

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