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Michael Woodson is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Baylor men’s tennis team.
In his first season in Waco, Woodson contributed immediately as BU advanced to its 17th Sweet 16 appearance in the last 19 years. He helped coach senior Max Tchoutakian to a 15-3 singles record and guided Johannes Schretter and Jimmy Bendeck to an 11-3 doubles record. During the summer, he served as the USTA National Collegiate Team coach.
Prior to coming to Waco, Woodson had been a member of the Valparaiso men’s tennis coaching staff since the 2012-13 season, after concluding a three-year career on the court for the Crusaders.
In May of 2015, Woodson was promoted to associate head coach and went on to help Valpo set a school record for wins (22-6), claim conference regular season and tournament titles and earn the program’s first-ever NCAA Championship appearance.
In his four years as a Crusader assistant, Woodson’s teams racked up a 73-34 record. He had five players earn first team All-Horizon League accolades and three more card second-team honors. Nineteen times Valparaiso players won conference Player of the Week honors under Woodson.
Individually, Woodson helped Jeffrey Schorsch become the winningest singles player in school history and win back-to-back Horizon League Player of the Year honors. He also guided Charlie Ernhardt to break the all-time doubles win record at Valpo. Meanwhile, Woodson’s student-athletes also secured a pair of league Freshman of the Year awards during his Valpo tenure.
During his playing career with the Crusaders, Woodson was a three-year starter who split time between No. 5 and 6 singles, while appearing at No. 2 and 3 doubles for the Brown and Gold. For his senior season, Woodson was named a team captain for the Crusaders.
Woodson was recognized with the Bill Steinbrecher Sportsmanship Award at the conclusion of his senior year, presented to a male student-athlete who has best exemplified integrity and sportsmanship while representing Valparaiso University. He also was the recipient of the athletic department’s Laurel Award, which honors the graduating senior student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average.
Woodson graduated from Valparaiso in May of 2012 as a triple major in biology, chemistry and exercise science. He also earned a master’s degree in sport administration from Valpo in December of 2013.
He married his wife, Vanessa, in July 2017. The couple welcomed their first child, Jordyn, in November 2017.