University Lady Bulldog head coach Mark Campbell has announced
that Katherine "Katie" Woodruff will take over the
assistant women’s basketball coaching position for the
2001-02 season. The position became available last April when
two-year assistant Tiffany Hill accepted the head-coaching job
for the Lady Flames at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn.
A graduate of John Brown University in Arkansas where she
was an All-Conference performer on the court, Woodruff
participated in the Sooner Athletic Conference with NAIA
powerhouse teams such as Oklahoma City and Southern Nazarene.
After graduating from John Brown University in 1996 with a
Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, Woodruff worked for
two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at the College of
the Ozarks. In 1998, Woodruff began her graduate work at the
University of Arkansas, and as a graduate assistant, served as
the program coordinator for the school’s "Champions of
Character" program which included activities such as
leading small discipleship groups and developing character
training programs for student athletes. She also became very
involved with the Arkansas Athletes Outreach program on
campus. In addition to her responsibilities at the university,
Woodruff taught physical education to children in kindergarten
through fifth grade at a local elementary school.
After receiving her master of education degree in
recreation management, Woodruff moved to Kansas City where she
has worked the past 10 months for K-Life, Inc. on their women’s
staff helping to develop female volunteers to effectively
disciple small groups. Woodruff will be in Jackson on a
limited basis this summer while she helps with Union’s
basketball camps and plans on beginning her full time duties
Coach Campbell is very excited that God has brought Katie
to Union and knows without a doubt she will bring the kind of
experience and heart that is necessary.
"She is great at motivating young people to succeed
and will make a huge impact on every lady in our
program," added Campbell.
With extensive experience in the game of basketball as a
player and coach and the recipient of several honors, Woodruff
believes she has all of the qualifications necessary for her
new job, not only because of her many years of experience, but
due to her passion for working with student athletes.
"I strive to create discipleship-types of
relationships by encouraging, supporting, and challenging
student-athletes in their person walk with the Lord,"
said Woodruff, who added that she’s looking forward to
working with such a great team as the Lady Bulldogs.
1992-93 NAIA All-District 16
1993-94 Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference (AIC) Second
1994-95 AIC First Team
1995-96 Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) Third Team
Second in school (John Brown University) history in scoring
First in school history in free throws made (382)