Matt Woodley Named Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

April 12, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Matt Woodley has been named as assistant men's basketball coach at Washington State University, Cougar Head Coach Tony Bennett confirmed, Wednesday.

A native of West Des Moines, Iowa, Woodley spent the last two seasons at Middle Tennessee. With the Blue Raiders, he was responsible for recruiting, scouting, scheduling, film exchange and the day-to-day preparation of the team. Prior to Middle Tennessee, Woodley assistant coach at Denver for three seasons. With the Pioneers, his duties included recruiting, scouting, scheduling and on-floor practices.

After earning three letters at Drake, where he started every game and ended his career as the Bulldogs' all-time leader in steals (198), Woodley spent one year as a graduate assistant at Wayne State (Nebraska).

'Matt is a great fit for our staff,' Bennett said. 'He is a young aggressive assistant coach who has been at two Division I universities that have turned around with his recruiting and coaching abilities. He was an integral part of the players landed at Denver and Middle Tennessee. He was a heck of a player in college who was a bulldog and he carried that into his coaching career. He has recruiting ties in the Northwest, West and Midwest.'

Bennett added, 'I've known Matt since I was an assistant coach at Wisconsin and have always been impressed with him. He also recruited two of our current student-athletes in Daven Harmeling and Caleb Forrest while he was at Denver. Both of them couldn't say enough good things about him as a recruiter and person and that meant a lot to me.'

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