Thomas Woods begins his fifth season as the wide receivers coach for the Green Wave in 2011.
In Woods' fourth season, senior Casey Robottom proved to be one of the most dependable receivers on the team and among Conference USA players. In his first nine games, Robottom accounted for 55 receptions for 633 yards and four touchdowns, which ranked among the league's best. However, a leg injury forced Robottom into missing two games completely and the majority of a third game. TU's receivers combined for 186 receptions for 2,173 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Woods' receiving group was one of the most productive facets of the Green Wave's 2009 squad with 1,857 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns on 156 receptions. The group averaged 167.6 yards per game and senior Jeremy Williams cemented his place among TU's greatest wide-outs with 1,113 yards and seven scores on 84 receptions for the year. Under Woods' watchful eye, Williams ranked among Conference USA's top five receivers in both receptions per game and receiving yards per contest. He was the South MVP in the Under Armour Senior Bowl and signed as free agent with the San Diego Chargers.
During his second season, Woods saw his receiving corps register a combined 131 of the team's 228 total receptions for 1,727 yards and seven scores. His 2009 group will be spearheaded by Williams, who hauled in 27 receptions for 437 yards and five touchdowns before suffering a season-ending injury in the fifth game of the 2008 campaign.
During his first season with the Green Wave, Woods' receiving unit combined for 114 receptions for 1,884 yards and nine touchdowns. Leading the way was Williams, who was first on the team with 46 catches for 773 yards and five scores.
Woods joined the Green Wave after spending the 2006 season as the wide receiver coach/return specialist at Jacksonville State University. Prior to JSU, Woods spent one season in the high school ranks at Cookeville High School.
From 2000-05, Woods, 42, was the wide receivers coach/return specialist at the University of Mississippi and helped the Rebels to two bowl victories, a 10-win season for the first time since 1971, and to the SEC West Division title. Under his guidance, Ole Miss wide-out Chris Collins set or tied nine school receiving records and was a first-team All-SEC performer.
Prior to Ole Miss, Woods served in the same capacity at Western Carolina from 1997-2001, where two of his receivers surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in the same season. Woods broke into the college ranks at Appalachian State during the 1996-97 campaign as a wide receivers coach.
As a collegian at the University of Tennessee from 1985-89, Woods was a two-time All-SEC selection in 1988 and 1989 and completed his career as the Volunteer's single-season and career receiving leader. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1990 and played two seasons in the World League of American Football with the Barcelona Dragons.
Woods earned his bachelor's degree in education from Tennessee in 1996.
He and his wife, Maria, have two sons: Thomas Jr., (4) and Alexander (2).