Reprinted from Tennessee Athletics (www.utsports.com)
Tennessee basketball VFL Rodney Woods (1972-75) was inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) Hall of Fame at the association's national convention in South Dakota in June.
Woods has served as the boys' basketball coach at Wayne County High School in Monticello, Kentucky, for the past 32 years. He has led the Cardinals to nine regional titles and 19 district titles. He has been named Kentucky Coach of the Year two times and 12th Region Coach of the Year 11 times. Since 1989—when the Cardinals finished as state runner-up—Wayne County has made nine trips to the Kentucky Sweet Sixteen under Woods' direction.
Woods was selected for this national HOF honor by Kentucky's high school coaches' association. His selection was based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors and other specific state criteria. The NHSACA is the oldest coaches association in the nation and has honored coaches with induction into the NHSACA National Hall of Fame since 1996.
During his entire 41 years of coaching, Woods has racked up an incredible 881 career wins—that includes 671 victories with Wayne County. The gym at WCHS is named the "Rodney C. Woods Gymnasium" in his honor.
"Woods has had a huge impact on the athletic programs at Wayne County Schools, especially the boys' basketball program," Wayne County Athletic Director Kevin Jones said. "We are very grateful for his contributions to our athletes. Everybody that has played for him has become a better person, as well as a better player."
Woods, a native of Four Mile, Kentucky, who starred for the Volunteers as a point guard under legendary head coach Ray Mears, still holds Tennessee's career record for assists per game (6.91 apg), as he dished out 525 in 76 games. His 525 total assists rank third in program history, and his 8.73 assists per game as a senior in 1974-75 stand as the best single-season average in school history.
He led the Southeastern Conference in assists per game in all three of his seasons with the Big Orange.
Coach Rodney Woods and assistants at Rupp Arena
NHSACA Class of 2018
David Dolan, president of NHSACA congratulated Coach Woods and his wife Cynthia at the event.