New assistant brings two stints as head coach to the program following year as team's director of operations
Doshia Woods begins her fifth season as a member of the Tulane women's basketball coaching staff for the 2014-15 season and will once again primarily be responsible for the development of the Green Wave's perimeter players, as well as serving as the recruiting coordinator and overseer of the student-athletes' academic progress.
During her time at Tulane, Woods has helped the Green Wave post four consecutive 20-plus win seasons, advance to a pair of Conference USA Championship title games twice and earn four straight bids to the WNIT. Her impact on the team has been evident with guards Danielle Blagg (2013, 2014), Jamie Kaplan (2014), Olivia Grayson (2012), Tiffany Aidoo (2011) claiming all-conference honors, Blagg named C-USA Freshman of the Year in 2012 and Leslie Vorpahl announced to the all-freshmen team.
A noted recruiter in the realm of women's basketball, Woods' has been instrumental in landing star student-athletes everywhere she has been. More importantly, Woods has been able to develop that talent she has helped sign.
Her first recruiting class at Tulane proved to be a solid group as the four freshmen - Blagg, Tiffany Dale, Adesuwa Ebomwonyi and Jamie Kaplan - combined to earn C-USA Freshman of the Week honors on seven occasions. All four rookies earned C-USA Freshman of the Week at least once each, including a four-time winner in Blagg. Prior to last season, no C-USA school had more than two players earn the honor.
Woods joined the Tulane staff for the 2010-11 campaign following stints at Western Illinois, New Mexico State, Oregon State and Missouri. Highlighting the list of her prominent student-athletes Woods has worked with prior to her time with the Green Wave include Tiffany Cornelius, Mercedes Fox-Griffin, Judie Lomax, Casey Nash, Talisa Rhea and Zane Teilane.
Under Woods' tutelage, Cornelius and Teilane claimed Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year honors at Western Illinois in 2003 and 2005, respectively. While Woods had moved on to Oregon State by the time Teilane completed her career, Teilane went on to earn honorable-mention WBCA/Kodak All-America recognition, was drafted by the Detroit Shock in the third round of the 2006 WNBA Draft and played in the 2008 Olympics as a member of Team Latvia.
Teilane is one of three future Olympians Woods helped develop as Kimberly Butler of Oregon State and Tugba Palazoglu of Western Illinois earned spots on the 2012 Great Britain and Turkey National Teams, respectively.
During her time at Oregon State, Woods' recruiting efforts helped the Beavers land the Alaska and Gatorade Player of the Year in Rhea as well as Lomax. Rhea became the 15th OSU player to score 1,000 career points and was named All-Pac 10 last season. Lomax, who transferred to Columbia after Woods and the rest of the coaching staff left the University following the 2007-08 season, went on to lead the NCAA in rebounding twice during her time with the Lions and was named Ivy League Player of the Year in 2010.
Woods also developed Nash during her time in Corvallis, Ore., helping her earn All-Pac 10 honors and move on to a successful professional playing career in Europe. Fox-Griffin, meanwhile, tallied 180 assists in 2006-07, which sits second in school single-season history and ranked eighth nationally in assists-per-game. Fox-Griffin also continued her career playing professionally overseas.
A native of Topeka, Kan., Woods began her coaching career at her alma mater - Western Illinois - in 2001 and helped the Westerwinds post a combined 57-30 record in three seasons. WIU earned Mid-Con (now Summit League) regular-season titles in each of Woods' final two seasons there and advanced to the WNIT in 2003.
From there, Woods accepted an assistant position at New Mexico State for the 2004-05 season where she served as the academics and community service liaison, had a hand in all aspects of player development, scouting and game preparation, and was involved in all aspects of recruiting. After one season with the Aggies, she moved on to Oregon State where she helped the Beavers post a 10-game improvement in her first year in Corvallis, go 16-15 and earn a bid to the WNIT.
Following three seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at OSU, Woods moved on to Missouri where she held a similar position for the last two seasons. A 1997 graduate of Topeka High School, Woods began her collegiate playing career at Barton Community College where she averaged nine points and two assists in two seasons with the Cougars. As a sophomore, she led BCC in 3-point shooting, earned second-team All-Jayhawk West Conference honors and helped lead the team to a conference championship. The Cougars' 29-2 overall record was the highest winning percentage in school history at that time and Barton finished the year ranked sixth nationally.
Woods' accepted a scholarship to Western Illinois for the 1999-2000 season and played in 57 games over the next two years for the Westerwinds. During her Division I career, she averaged 8.8 points per game and was named second-team All-Mid Continent Conference as a senior after draining a school-record 62 3-point baskets. Her 62 treys stood as a WIU single-season record until the 2011-12 season when it was surpassed. Despite playing just two seasons there, Woods' 102 career 3-pointers currently ranks fifth in school history.
She earned an associate's degree from Barton in 1999 and completed her bachelor's degree in English with a minor in psychology from Western Illinois in 2001. Woods is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and has served as a roundtable presenter for the WBCA national convention. Other presentations include Dan Tudor's "2014 National Collegiate Recruiting Conference," held in Boston, Mass. In her time away from the court, she volunteers for "Girls First," a non-profit organization dedicated to providing sport and movement opportunities to underserved girls in the metropolitan New Orleans area.