Matt Woodley spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Washington State University from 2006-09. A highly respected recruiter, Woodley dealt with recruiting and game scouting at WSU, while actively involved in practice. During his stint at WSU, the Cougars made three consecutive postseason appearances (two NCAA, one NIT), the second such occurrence in school history.
Woodley joined the Cougar family in 2006-07 with over six years of coaching experience under his belt. A graduate of Drake University, Woodley came to the Palouse after a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Middle Tennessee.
With the Blue Raiders and head coach Kermit Davis, Woodley's responsibilities included recruiting, scouting, scheduling and film exchange, as well as the day-to-day preparation of the team. His strong work ethic was evident on the recruiting trail as he helped land several players within Middle Tennessee's young and talented signing class in 2004.
Prior to Middle Tennessee, the intense and knowledgeable Woodley spent over three years as an assistant coach at Denver. With the Pioneers, the West Des Moines, Iowa, native assisted with all aspects of the team, including recruiting, scouting, scheduling and on-floor practices. Before becoming an assistant at Denver, Woodley spent a year as a graduate assistant at Wayne (Neb.) State, where he served as the recruiting coordinator and assisted in game preparation and scouting.
During his three-year career (1998-2000) as a point guard at Drake, Woodley started every game and ended as the Bulldogs' all-time career leader in steals (198) and second in 3-pointers (188). He twice earned honorable mention honors from the Missouri Valley Conference and was named the team's most valuable player his senior year. Woodley graduated in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education.
Coaching was a family calling for Woodley, whose father and three brothers are all in the business. His father Mike is the head football coach at Grandview College in Iowa, his brother Joe, who was a senior captain on the Iowa State football team, serves as the defensive coordinator at Grandview College, his brother Brian is the head football coach at Johnston High School in Iowa, while his brother Andy, who was the starting point guard at Northern Iowa, is the head basketball coach at Iowa City College.