Richmond announced Monday that it has hired Tracy Woodson as its head baseball coach. Woodson, who spent parts of five seasons in the major leagues and won a World Series title with the Dodgers in 1988, served as Valparaiso’s head coach for the last seven seasons.
Woodson guided the Crusaders to back-to-back regionals in 2012 and 2013, breaking a 44-year NCAA tournament drought. Valpo’s victory against Florida in the Bloomington Regional this year was the school’s first postseason win since 1966.
“Tracy is an experienced coach with a proven record of success at all levels of baseball,” Richmond athletic director Keith Gill said in a release. “Coach Woodson is the perfect fit for Spider Baseball and we couldn’t be more pleased with his hiring.”
Woodson takes over for Mark McQueen, who resigned after 19 years on the Richmond staff, including six seasons as head coach. He had been suspended indefinitely on May 18 for what the school called a violation of the athletic department’s code of conduct. Charlie Goens served as acting head coach in the interim.
Woodson is a Richmond native who played at nearby Benedictine High before starring at North Carolina State. He is a logical choice to reinvigorate a Richmond program that has made eight regional appearances, but none since 2003.
“I am excited about the opportunity to come to a school that’s known for academics and athletics,” Woodson said in the release. “I’ve always had high expectations for myself and now those are going to be even higher here at Richmond . . . My goal is to get the program back to where it was when Richmond was winning conference championships and competing in the NCAA Tournament.”