Woodruff leaving Lady Royals

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Trevor Woodruff leaves Division III with 272 wins including 113 as the head coach at Scranton.
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Trevor Woodruff, who won 113 games in four seasons at Scranton and led the Lady Royals to the 2019 national semifinals, is leaving Division III to become the next head coach at Division I Bucknell. He replaces former Division III coach Aaron Roussell, who recently left Bucknell to take the head job at Richmond.

Woodruff is the third coach to make the jump to D-I this offseason alone, joining George Fox's Michael Meek and Rhodes' Lauren Sumski.

The University of Scranton announced the move on its website on Thursday night.

"I want to thank the entire Scranton community for four incredible years," said Woodruff in the University's release.  "My family is grateful for the opportunity we were given and we are proud of what the program was able to accomplish. I would especially like to thank Presidents Quinn, Keller, and Pilarz, and director of athletics Dave Martin, for entrusting me with one of that nation's premier Division III programs."

Martin came to Scranton from nearby Misericordia where he was the athletic director in August 2015. Soon after that he hired Woodruff who had been the men's head coach at Misericordia. Woodruff had immediate success, going 30-1 in his first season with the lone loss coming to Tufts in the sectional finals. Scranton kept rolling under Woodruff and beating Tufts in the 2019 NCAA Tournament to advance to the national semifinals for the first time since 2007 and 10th time in program history.

Woodruff went 113-10 in his four seasons at Scranton, including 53-6 in the Landmark Conference. He also won 159 games in 11 seasons as the head men's basketball coach at Misericordia.

"We're happy for Coach Woodruff and thank him for his four years leading our women's basketball program," said Martin in Scranton's release.  "His record speaks for itself. The four Landmark Conference championships, two Sweet 16s, an Elite Eight and a Final Four under his guidance have only added to the program's rich history. And more importantly, he recruited and led a group of outstanding young women during his time coaching the Lady Royals."

Woodruff takes over another winning program at Bucknell. The Bison went 28-6 and won their second Patriot League championship in three seasons, narrowly losing to Florida State in the first round of the Division I NCAA Tournament. 


From D-III to D-I

The list of coaches to go directly from D-III to D-I head coaching jobs since 2000 is still relatively short, but nine coaches have made the jump in the last three seasons.

Coach, D-III school D-I school Year Best year there Current job
Lisa Stone, UW-Eau Claire Drake 2000-01 25-8, 2001-02 D-I St. Louis (26-8 in 15-16)
Candace Crabtree, Rowan Drexel 2000-01 19-10, 2000-01 Out of coaching
Richard Barron, Sewanee Princeton  2000-01 21-7, 2005-06 Maine men's head coach
Tammy Smith, Muhlenberg Lafayette 2001-02 14-16, 2007-08 Out of coaching
Julie Goodenough, Hardin-Simmons Oklahoma St. 2002-03 8-20, 2003-04 D-I Abilene Christian (26-4 in 15-16)
Mary Hegarty, Chapman Long Beach St. 2003-04 19-9, 2004-05 Out of coaching
Kristin Hughes, Case Colgate 2004-05 12-18, 2004-05 Out of coaching
Stefanie Pemper, Bowdoin Navy 2008-09 25-8, 2017-18 Navy
Scott Rueck, George Fox Oregon St. 2010-11 31-4, 2016-17 Oregon State
Aaron Roussell, Chicago Bucknell 2012-13 28-6, 2018-19 Richmond
Greg Todd, Transylvania Morehead St. 2013-14 24-11, 2018-19 Morehead State
Nancy Fahey, Washington U. Illinois 2016-17 10-20, 2018-19 Illinois
Loree Payne, Puget Sound Northern Arizona 2016-17 13-18, 2018-19 Northern Arizona
Marc Mitchell, FDU-Florham St. Peter's 2017-18 6-24, 2018-19 St. Peter's
Scott Hemer, SUNY Geneseo Canisius 2017-18 11-19, 2018-19 Canisius
Michael Meek, George Fox Portland 2018-19    
Lauren Sumski, Rhodes Lipscomb 2018-19    
Trevor Woodruff, Scranton Bucknell 2018-19