Sean Woods, newly named head mens basketball coach at MSU
MOREHEAD, Ky. – Morehead State Head Men’s Basketball Coach Sean Woods is one of eighteen men named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2013 Silver Anniversary Team.
“There was a lot of talent across the state of Indiana during the late 1980s, and I feel very fortunate to be part of this prestigious list,” Head Coach Sean Woods said. “The majority of the individuals on this Silver Anniversary Team had very successful college careers, and a few of them even played professionally.”
Woods was part of the 1988 senior class at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, and was one of 12 on the list named to the 1988 Indiana All-Star squad. He was also an all-state selection on two occasions and three-time all-city selection. As a senior, Woods averaged 18.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and shot 51 percent from the field.
“I will always have positive thoughts about my experience as a student-athlete at Cathedral,” Woods said. “The people I came in contact with -- administrators, teachers, coaches, fans, etc. -- were all terrific. I also had many teammates who I enjoyed being around, both on and off the floor.”
At the University of Kentucky, Woods was a three-year letterwinner and member of the “Unforgettables” squad that faced eventual champion Duke in the 1992 East Regional Final. He played in 91 games for the Wildcats and totaled 794 points, 227 rebounds, 482 assists and 144 steals.
His 5.3 assists per game career average ranks first on UK’s all-time list, and he also ranks fourth all-time in steals per game with 1.6. Woods is a member of Kentucky’s Athletic Hall of Fame, and his number 11 jersey is retired in Rupp Arena.
Woods’ coaching career started with assistant stints at High Point, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and TCU. His first head coaching position was at Mississippi Valley State, where he went 50-80 and improved by 14 overall wins and 10 conference victories from his first to his fourth season. The Delta Devils finished 21-13 overall, and 17-1 in the Southwest Athletic Conference, and advanced to the school’s fifth-ever NCAA Tournament in 2012.
“There continues to be a lot of respect for the level of high school basketball talent in Indiana,” Woods added. “This is my 10th year coaching at the collegiate level, so I’m very familiar with the discussions that go on in recruiting circles. Coaches across the country think very highly of the kids in Indiana.”
Members of the Silver Anniversary Team will be honored on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Annual Men’s Banquet, and a free, open to the public midday reception will take place at the Hall of Fame Museum in New Castle, Ind.