It was announced on July 15, 2013 that North Carolina’s all-time winningest pitcher, Robert Woodard, would become the next pitching coach at Virginia Tech, returning to the ACC, a conference he knows all too well as he’s either been a player or coach in the league for six seasons.
Woodard will enter his fourth season overall as a collegiate coach, which includes last season at UNC Wilmington and the two years at his alma mater North Carolina. For the Seahawks, Woodard served as the team’s pitching coach and helped junior Mat Batts to the Colonial Athletic Association’s 2013 Pitcher of the Year honor and a second team ABCA All-East selection.
Also in 2013, the Seahawks earned just their third at-large bid to the NCAA Baseball Championship (sixth overall), which was helped in part by winning the CAA’s regular season title. Along with Batts being named All-CAA First Team, two other pitchers - closer Kelly Secrest (First Team) and Jordan Ramsey (Third Team) – were also selected to the postseason teams.
Woodard joined the Tar Heels’ staff prior to the 2010 postseason, which followed a three-year professional career in the San Diego Padres minor league organization after being selected in the 20th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft.
He assisted with all aspects of the program, including the pitching staff under the direction of Associate Head Coach Scott Forbes. He also worked closely with the program's strength and conditioning program and on-campus recruiting.
In 2011, UNC pitchers posted the third most strikeouts in program history and Patrick Johnson's 13 wins marked just the fourth time a Tar Heel had earned at least 13 victories in a season. Johnson was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 2011 draft.
The 2012 edition of the Tar Heels led the ACC and ranked fourth nationally with a 2.66 earned run average. The pitching staff stood seventh among NCAA schools in strikeouts per nine at 8.5.
During Woodard's coaching career at UNC, the Tar Heels posted a record of 97-32 and played in the College World Series in 2011.
As a player, Woodard concluded his career with a 34-5 record – the most wins by a Tar Heel pitcher ever – and included a perfect 22-0 mark at home. He earned All-ACC honors three times and finished among the league's all-time leaders in wins and innings pitched. As the anchor of the pitching staff, Woodard helped the Tar Heels to the championship series of the CWS in 2006 and 2007.
Woodard graduated from Chapel Hill in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in management and society. In 2006-07, he was recipient of the Patterson Medal given to UNC's most outstanding student-athletes.