Robert Woodard Assistant Coach
    Baseball

    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 seven seasons.

    Contact Coach Woodard
    E-Mail: rswoodard@vt.edu
    Phone: (540) 231-0398


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

    Education
    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

    Woodard enters his fifth 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 15 pitchers he has worked with over the past four seasons have been chosen in the Major League Baseball Draft. That list includes five pitchers selected in the 2014 draft – Tech’s Brad Markey and UNCW’s Batts, Kelly Secrest, Christian MacDonald and Jordan Ramsey – 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.

    In 2013 at UNC Wilmington, 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 the postseason teams.

    Prior to 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.

    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.

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