Jermaine Woods Named Assistant Coach
June 5, 2017
By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWBB)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Jermaine Woods has been named as an assistant coach for the Wake Forest women's basketball team, head coach Jen Hoover announced Monday (June 5). Woods joins the Demon Deacons after serving as an assistant coach at Old Dominion the past two years.
Woods will primarily work with the guards at Wake Forest and will assist in all aspects of the program.
"I am honored and excited to work with Jen and these talented, hard-working young ladies," said Woods. "Wake Forest is one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country, coupled with competing in the best conference, the ACC. It's an exciting time to be a Demon Deacon with the amount of amazing facility improvements being made on this beautiful campus."
While at Old Dominion, Woods served as an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator for the Lady Monarchs. Under his watch as the recruiting coordinator, the 2016 class featured a ESPN top-100 prospect, a McDonald's All-American nominee and a signee who was the leading scorer on a team that ranked in the top 15 nationally, according to ESPNW.
Woods' 2017 class was the top-ranked recruiting class in the state of Virginia and featured an All-Star Girls Report top-100 prospect. Both of Woods' recruiting classes were the highest rated recruiting classes in Conference USA and both ranked in the top 43 nationally.
During the 2016-17 season, Woods helped coach guard Jennie Simms to honorable mention AP All-American honors as well as C-USA Player of the Year accolades. Simms was a three-time first team All-C-USA recipient and finished her career fifth all-time in scoring. She would go on to be the 18th overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics.
"We are really excited to have Jermaine join our staff," said Hoover. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, not just from a basketball standpoint, but as a recruiter that is also extremely familiar with our conference. It was important for me to find someone who fit the players on our roster, our program and the University. We have built our women's basketball family on passion, integrity, and hard work. These core values are imperative to our future and Jermaine shares the same vision that we do and I am sure he and his family will enjoy Wake Forest and Winston-Salem as much as we do."
No stranger to the ACC, Woods joined Old Dominion following a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech. Woods was responsible for bringing in a recruiting class that ranked 19th nationally by ESPNW, the highest-rated recruiting class in program history. The two top-50 signees both came from Woods' recruiting region as he established relationships with some of the top AAU programs in his area.
During his time at Old Dominion and Virginia Tech, Woods worked directly with the guards and post players, oversaw the academics of the student-athletes and coordinated the programs' involvement in the community.
"Jen has a lofty vision for the program, and they have worked relentlessly to build the momentum and I look forward to contributing to the continued success. My family and I want to thank Jen and Wake Forest for welcoming us into this amazing Demon Deacon community," added Woods.
As a player, Woods spent one season at Belmont Abbey College before playing his final three seasons at Christopher Newport University where he was a two-time first team All-Dixie Conference honoree. He was named the league's Newcomer of the Year award in his first year and broke the team's three-point record as a junior before topping his own record as a senior. He holds the Christopher Newport single-game, season and career records for three-pointers made.
A D3 Hoops All-American, Woods was a two-time conference tournament MVP, a two-time All-South Region second team honoree, the leading scorer on the only team in CNU history to advance to the Elite 8 and ended his career ranked 10th on the program's all-time scoring list. Following graduation, Woods spent time as a high school and AAU coach.
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