Steve Woodberry is in his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Wake Forest basketball program. Woodberry joined the Demon Deacons in April 2014 after working under head coach Danny Manning for two seasons at Tulsa.
During his first three seasons at Wake Forest, Woodberry has helped Manning rebuild the Demon Deacon program, which returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2017. The 2016-17 Deacs, featuring All-American and eventual NBA first round pick John Collins, ranked in the top 10 nationally in offensive efficiency. Wake Forest set school records with 268 3-pointers and 77.8 percent from the free throw line as the Deacs averaged 82.8 points per game.
Prior to arriving in Winston-Salem, Woodberry was instrumental to Tulsa winning the 2013-14 Conference USA regular season and tournament championships--the program’s first league title since 2003. The Golden Hurricane went 38-29 overall and 21-11 in C-USA play during Woodberry’s two seasons on staff. Tulsa played in the postseason both years, including earning a No. 13 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Tulsa also participated in the 2013 CBI, finishing that season with a winning record of 17-16 overall.
The Golden Hurricane went 21-13 overall and 13-3 in C-USA in 2013-14, earning a share of the 2013-14 regular season title, its first since winning the WAC in 2002. Tulsa captured the C-USA tournament title over Louisiana Tech, securing its first NCAA Tournament berth in 11 seasons. Tulsa earned a No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament and fell 76-59 to No. 4 seed UCLA in the second round.
While at Kansas, Woodberry was a two-time All-Big Eight selection, leading the Jayhawks to two Final Fours.
Prior to his time at Tulsa, Woodberry spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Missouri State where he served under three head coaches (Barry Hinson, Cuonzo Martin and Paul Lusk). Woodberry was a part of five winning seasons at Missouri State, including three 20-win campaigns and three postseason berths. The Bears played in the NIT twice (2007, 2011) and won the postseason CollegeInsider.com Tournament in 2010.
Woodberry enjoyed an illustrious collegiate playing career at the University of Kansas from 1990-94, winning 110 games over his four seasons. He played on four NCAA Tournament teams and made two Final Four appearances under Jayhawks’ head coach Roy Williams. Woodberry’s KU career also included three Big Eight Conference regular season titles, one conference tournament championship and one Preseason NIT title.
Kansas went 27-8 overall when Woodberry was a freshman in 1990-91, reaching the NCAA title game where the Jayhawks lost to Duke. Kansas went 27-5 in 1991-92 and reached the NCAA second round.
The Jayhawks finished 29-7 during Woodberry’s junior season, returning to the Final Four where the Jayhawks lost to North Carolina in the semifinals. He averaged 10.1 points per game that season, earning second team All-Big Eight Conference honors despite not being a regular starter.
Woodberry repeated as a second team All-Big Eight honoree as a senior, being named to the team by the Associated Press and the league’s coaches. The league’s players voted him first team all-conference. He was KU’s MVP and top defensive player in 1993-94, leading the team in scoring (15.5 ppg). The Jayhawks finished 27-8 that season and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Woodberry finished his career with 1,240 points. His teams went a combined 110-28 (.797) during his four-year career.
After a brief time with the NBA’s Indiana Pacers following his graduation from KU, Woodberry began an 11-year professional career overseas. He played in Switzerland in 1995 before moving to Australia where he enjoyed a six-year career. He was the league’s Most Valuable Player with the Brisbane Bullets in 1999 and was an all-league selection in 1998 and 1999.
Woodberry then played two seasons in Lithuania, winning a championship in 2001 and being voted the league’s Import Player of the Year, before playing in leagues in Greece, Sweden and Finland. He retired as an active player in 2005.
A native of Wichita, Kan., Woodberry played on two state title teams at Wichita South High School and was named the 1990 Kansas Naismith Player of the Year.
Woodberry earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Kansas in 1994. Steve and his wife, Bianca, have three children -- sons Shaylen and Sherron and daughter Sanaa’. He also has two other children, Steven and Kaylen.
The Steve Woodberry File
University of Kansas, 1994
Shaylen, Sherron and Sanaa'; Steven and Kaylen
Professional Playing Background
Played professionally for 11 seasons in six different countries.
Began his pro career in Switzerland in 1995 before moving to Australia, where he played for six years.
Named the Australian league's MVP with the Brisbane Bullets in 1999 and was an all-league selection in 1998 and 1999.
Played two seasons in Lithuania, winning a championship in 2001 and being voted the league's Import Player of the Year.
Also played in leagues in Greece, Sweden and Finland.
Retired as an active player in 2005.
College Playing Background
University of Kansas, 1990-94
Played four seasons at Kansas under head coach Roy Williams.
Kansas went a combined 110-28 (.797) during his four-year career.
Played on four NCAA Tournament teams and made two Final Four appearances.
Won three Big Eight Conference regular season titles, one conference tournament championship and one Preseason NIT title.
Two-time All-Big Eight honoree.
Named Kansas' MVP and top defensive player as a senior while also leading the team in scoring.
Finished his career with 1,240 points.
High School Playing Background
Wichita South High School
Played on two state title teams at Wichita South High School in Kansas.
Named the Kansas Naismith Player of the Year as a senior in 1990.