Woodruff named Bucknell women’s new coach

LEWISBURG — Trevor Woodruff, who compiled a 113-10 record and four conference championships over the last four years as coach at the University of Scranton, has been named head women’s basketball coach at Bucknell by director of athletics and recreation Jermaine Truax.

Woodruff brings 16 years of head coaching experience to a Bison program that is coming off league titles of its own in two of the last three seasons.

“I am thrilled to welcome Trevor Woodruff to the Bucknell Athletics family as our next head women’s basketball coach,” said Truax. “The Bison women’s basketball program is currently performing at a championship level, as evidenced by our two Patriot League titles in the last three years, so it was imperative for us to identify an individual with a similar pedigree of success. Trevor certainly fits that billing, with four league titles and four deep runs in the NCAA Division III Tournament during his four years at Scranton. Beyond the wins and losses, Trevor has proven to be an outstanding mentor to his student-athletes, and I am excited for him to jump right in, get to know our players, and work to build upon the excitement that our women’s basketball team has created on campus and in our community.”

“I would like to thank President John Bravman along with Jermaine Truax and Maisha Kelly for giving me this opportunity to coach at one of the premier universities in the United States,” said Woodruff. “Bucknell provides a world-class experience for its student-athletes, and my family and I could not be more excited to join the Bison family.”

Scranton was nearly unbeatable during Woodruff’s four seasons with the team. In addition to the outstanding overall record, the Royals went 53-6 in league play, including a 16-0 record in his first season, while winning four straight Landmark Conference titles. The Royals advanced to the NCAA Division III Final Four this past season, adding to an Elite Eight appearance in 2016 and back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances in 2017 and 2018.

The Royals have a perennially successful program in the Landmark Conference, but the 2019 Final Four appearance was the team’s first since 2006.

They finished fourth in both the D3hoops.com and WBCA Coaches Top 25 National Polls. Woodruff guided junior Makenzie Mason to Landmark Conference and National Jesuit Player of the Year accolades along with Second Team All-American honors from D3hoops.com. Senior Bridgette Mann went on to garner WBCA Honorable Mention All-American honors, and the Royals defense was outstanding the entire season, holding opponents to 48.8 points a game, the eighth-best mark in all of NCAA Division III.

Woodruff was twice named Landmark Conference Coach of the Year, earning the award for the first time while leading Scranton to a 30-1 record, including a 30-game winning streak, in his first season, and then again in his third season.