June 4, 2001


Woodruff will take over Union’s assistant coach position

Jackson, Tenn.—Union 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 in September.

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.

Career Highlights:

1992-93  NAIA All-District 16
1993-94  Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference (AIC) Second Team
1994-95  AIC First Team
1995-96  Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) Third Team

Second in school (John Brown University) history in scoring (1642 points)
First in school history in free throws made (382)



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