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Scott Woodard joins softball coaching staff

August 04, 2011

The Sun Devil softball program has announced that Scott Woodard has joined the Arizona State coaching staff.

Woodard comes to Arizona State after serving the last 15 years as the Director of Athletics and Head Softball Coach at Western New Mexico University. "This is just a dream come true for me," said Woodard. "To be able to start a new journey in my life with such a great softball program is an amazing situation for me.”

The first softball coach in Western New Mexico’s history, Woodard managed the team from 1998 to 2001. From 2001 to 2007 he held the position of assistant coach while teaching and coaching at high schools in Tularosa and Deming, N.M. Both his Tularosa and Deming teams won State Baseball Championships. In 2008, he then returned to the helm of the Mustang softball program. While at Western New Mexico, he coached four All-Americans and was an assistant on the 2004 NCAA West Region Championship squad that finished 5th at the NCAA Division II Championships.

“We’re very excited to add Scott to our Sun Devil family,” Arizona State head coach Clint Myers offered. The 2011 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and two-time national championship coach then added, “We have some great things going on with our program and are looking forward to him contributing to the success of Sun Devil softball.”

As athletic director, Woodard managed the school’s 11 intercollegiate sports teams. He also oversaw the construction of a new football stadium and the renovation of the gymnasium.

Prior to starting the softball program at Western New Mexico, Woodard was head coach of the school’s baseball team for two seasons until the program was cut in 1993. An early contributor to Sun Devil success, two of his players pitched for Arizona State in the 1993 College World Series. 

Woodard’s coaching experience is not limited to the diamond; he served as an assistant coach to the Western New Mexico football team from 1992-1996. As the offensive coordinator in 1995, his team compiled a 7-4 record and upset D-I Cal State Northridge.

A native of Carlsbad, N.M., Woodard was as an all-star shortstop in his collegiate days for Western New Mexico and was twice named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s All-Conference team. He graduated from the school in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and earned his Master of Arts degree in Administration in 1986.