Matt Woodley showed exemplary leadership skills as a player at Drake University and earned respect as an aggressive young assistant during his tenure at Denver University. Those attributes have made Woodley a successful assistant and he became a member of the Middle Tennessee staff when Kermit Davis hired him in August 2004.
Woodley begins his second season as an assistant on the Blue Raider staff in 2005-06, after proving to be a valuable addition in 2004-05. His strong work ethic was evident on the recruiting trail and he helped land several players within Middle Tennessee's young and talented signing class in 2004.
Woodley is responsible for recruiting, scouting, scheduling and film exchange, as well as the day-to-day preparation of the Blue Raider basketball team in his new role. The intense and knowledgeable Woodley was instrumental on coach Terry Carroll's staff at Denver and Davis believed he was a perfect fit for Middle Tennessee when an assistant position became available during the summer.
"I really think Terry Carroll and his staff have done one of the better coaching jobs of anybody in college basketball, especially in our league," Davis said. "They took over a program that was struggling and they have had back-to-back winning seasons. I respect Terry quite a bit, and I knew Matt was an integral part of the recruiting process, helping in the development of players, and is a guy that certainly knows the Sun Belt."
While at Denver, Woodley worked with all aspects of the team, including recruiting, scouting, and scheduling and on-floor practices. Prior to his three-plus years stint at Denver University, Woodley spent one year as a graduate assistant at Wayne (NE) State, where his duties included serving as recruiting coordinator, as well as game preparation and scouting. He also was in charge of developing the team's guard play.
Woodley started every game of his three-year career at Drake University from 1998-00, and ended as the Bulldogs' all-time career leader in steals (198) and second in 3-pointers (188). During his 83-game career at Drake as point guard, he was named the team's most valuable player his senior year and twice earned honorable mention recognition from the Missouri Valley Conference. He also led the Bulldogs to a 48-44 upset over Iowa State during his senior year.
The West Des Moines, Iowa, native earned a bachelor's in elementary education from Drake in 2000.
Woodley's father, Mike, is in his second season as head football coach at Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, Texas.
Woodley's three brothers all have athletic ties. His oldest brother, Brian (33), is a head high school football in Iowa. Andy (27) was the starting point guard at Northern Iowa and is now head basketball coach at Sam Rayburn. Joe (26) was a senior captain on the Iowa State football team, and is currently an assistant football coach at St. Ambrose College in Iowa.
Woodley, 29, is single and resides in Murfreesboro.