When he was named Head Coach of the New York Knicks, Mike Woodson’s career brought him full circle, back to the city and team where he began his professional basketball career, first as a player, over three decades ago. After being named Head Coach, Woodson revitalized the once struggling Knicks into playoff contenders, injecting them with a fresh perspective and restoring a winning atmosphere. Prior to his latest coaching duties with the Knicks (where he began as an assistant coach), Woodson served as the head coach for the Atlanta Hawks for six seasons (‘04–’10). During his time in Atlanta, Woodson coached the Hawks into the NBA Playoffs in each of his last three seasons and the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the last two. Woodson’s 206 career wins with the Hawks rank as the fourth-best in franchise history.
Previous to his head coaching duties in Atlanta, Woodson served as an assistant coach for several NBA teams including: the Detroit Pistons (‘03–‘04), the Philadelphia 76ers (’01-‘03), the Cleveland Cavaliers (’99-‘01), and the Milwaukee Bucks (’96-‘99). In addition, Woodson had a successful basketball career as a player for over a decade having played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento Kings and the New York Knicks who drafted Woodson 12th overall in the first round.
In college, Woodson played for the Indiana Hoosiers under the legendary Bobby Knight. In Woodson’s junior year, he was the leading scorer on the team that would end up winning the 1979 NIT Tournament. Along with teammate (and future 2x NBA World Champion) Isaiah Thomas, Woodson and the rest of the Hoosiers would win the 1980 Big Ten championship before advancing to the Sweet Sixteen that same year.
Woodson and his wife Terri raise their two daughters, Alexis and Mariah, who are both very talented volleyball athletes. He currently resides in New York.