Robert Woodard Assistant Coach &
    Recruiting Coordinator

    On July 15, 2013, North Carolina’s all-time winningest pitcher Robert Woodard was named the pitching coach at Virginia Tech marking a return to the ACC, a conference he knows all too well as he’s either been a player or coach in the league now for eight seasons.

    Contact Coach Woodard
    Phone: (540) 231-0398

    Born: January 10, 1985 - Winston-Salem, N.C.
    Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.

    High School: Myers Park (2003)
    College: North Carolina (2008)

    Playing Experience
    North Carolina (2004-07)
    San Diego Padres organization (2007-09)

    Coaching Experience
    2010-12North Carolina, assistant coach
    2012-13UNC-Wilmington, assistant coach
    2013-Virginia Tech, assistant coach

    Postseason Experience
    As a player ...
    2004Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament
    NCAA Columbia, S.C., Regional
    2005Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament
    NCAA Gainesville, Fla., Regional
    2006Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament
    NCAA Chapel Hill, N.C., Regional
    NCAA Tuscaloosa, Ala., Super Regional
    NCAA College World Series
    NCAA Championship Series
    2007Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, Champions
    NCAA Chapel Hill, N.C., Regional
    NCAA Chapel Hill, N.C., Super Regional
    NCAA College World Series
    NCAA Championship Series

    As a coach ...
    2010NCAA Norman, Okla., Regional
    2011Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament
    NCAA Chapel Hill, N.C., Regional
    NCAA Chapel Hill, N.C., Super Regional
    NCAA College World Series
    2012Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament
    NCAA Chapel Hill, N.C., Regional
    2013Colonial Athletic Association Tournament
    NCAA Charlottesville, Va., Regional
    2015Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament

    The 2016 season will be his third year with the Hokies, as he is in charge of the team’s pitching staff and he took over as the program’s recruiting coordinator during the summer of 2014.

    Woodard enters his sixth season overall as a collegiate coach, which includes the 2013 season at UNC Wilmington and two years at his alma mater North Carolina. With the Seahawks, Woodard served as the team’s pitching coach, as well, 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.

    Over his short tenure in the college coaching profession, Woodard has already seen his hard work pay off, as 20 pitchers he has worked with over the past five seasons have been chosen in the Major League Baseball Draft. That list includes nine pitchers selected the past two years – including Tech’s Brad Markey (2014) and Sean Keselica (2015) – that he has specifically been their pitching coach.

    In his first season at Tech, Woodard inherited a staff that had thrown just 37 percent of the team’s innings the previous season, as 351 of the total 560 innings pitched in 2013 were lost to either graduation or the draft. And of the 208 innings returning, almost half of those belonged to Markey.

    His 2014 staff saw newcomers to the mound – those who had never tossed an inning from the hill for the Hokies – throw almost 50 percent of the overall innings (233 of 471, 49.4%), while returners logged 238 innings. The staff numbers reflected the inexperience as the Hokies posted a 5.17 earned run average overall, but dropped that down, in conference games only, to a 4.77 ERA.

    During Woodard’s second season in Blacksburg, the staff lowered its ERA and increased its number of strikeouts, helping the team return to the ACC Championship Tournament. This was accomplished in spite of the fact that injuries to several significant contributors forced four freshmen into expanded roles. The newcomers threw more than 27 percent of the staff’s innings in 2015, but received valuable experience for future seasons.

    Prior to taking the Tech position, Woodard was at UNC Wilmington for the 2013 season. That year, 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 Secrest (First Team) and Ramsey (Third Team) – were also selected to postseason teams.

    Before that, Woodard joined the Tar Heels’ staff just before 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 MLB draft.

    In Chapel Hill, 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 would then be 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.

    In the summer of 2012, he served as the Pitching Coach for the Orleans Cardinals of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League. Woodard’s staff that summer posted the league’s lowest ERA (3.73) and WHIP (1.21). No stranger to the Cape League when he arrived, Woodard played for the Chatham A’s during the summers of 2004-06 and was a Cape League All-Star in 2005.

    As a player at UNC, 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 December 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in communication studies. In 2006-07, he was a recipient of the Patterson Medal given to UNC's most outstanding student-athletes.

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