Woodard Named Winthrop Women’s Basketball Head Coach
ROCK HILL, SC—Director of Athletics Ken Halpin has announced that Lynette Woodard has been named head coach of the Winthrop women’s basketball program. A news conference has been scheduled for 11 a.m. on Tuesday to introduce Woodard.
Woodard joined the Winthrop coaching staff last August as an assistant, was appointed acting head coach in January, and was elevated to interim head coach in February.
A basketball legend, Woodard is a two-time U.S. Olympian, a four-time All-American, a former Division I women's all-time scoring leader, a 10-time Hall of Fame inductee, and the first woman to play for the world-renowned Harlem Globetrotters.
A native of Wichita, KS, Woodard played college basketball for the Kansas Lady Jayhawks and noted head coach Marian Washington. During her four-year career, Woodard scored 3,649 points and helped lead KU to three straight Big Eight championships while breaking 24 school records. She was voted to the Kodak All-American team all four years, was the 1981Wade Trophy winner which goes to the college player of the year, and was a GTE Academic All-America selection. Woodard graduated from Kansas in 1981 with a degree in speech communications.
Woodard, who is considered a pioneer in women's basketball, was inducted into the Kansas Hall of Fame in 1990, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and 2004, the Globetrotter Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.
Basketball: U.S. Olympic women's basketball team member, 1980, captain, 1984; Italian professional basketball league player, 1981-83, 1987-89; Harlem Globetrotters team member, 1985-87; Japanese professional basketball league player, 1990-93; Kansas City, MO, School District, athletic director, 1993-95; Women's National Basketball Association, Cleveland Rockers team member, 1997-98; Detroit Shock team member, 1998-99; University of Kansas women's basketball team, assistant coach, 1999-2003, interim head coach, 2004.
Memberships: Governor's Council on Fitness, co-chair, 2006
Selected awards: Wade Trophy, 1981; Honda, Broderick Cup, 1981; GTE Academic All-American, 1981; Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, 1990; Women's Sports Foundation, Flo Hyman Award, 1993; Professional Women of Color, Breaking the Mold Award, 1998; Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, 2002 and 2004; Harlem Globetrotters Hall of Fame, 2004; Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, 2005.
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