FWTCT's Short List: Sean Woods

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 13: Head coach Sean Woods of the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils reacts while taking on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in the first round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at UD Arena on March 13, 2012 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Sean Woods is the head coach of Mississippi Valley State. He took over for James Green after Green left for Jacksonville State following an appearance in the 2008 NCAA Tournament where Valley lost to UCLA, 70-29 (ouch!). Even though they made the big dance, that team was only 17-16; and they lost their top three scorers going into the '09 season.

In Wood's first year at Valley he went 7-25. Then 9-23 in '10, and 13-19 in '11. 2012 was his 4th year, and Woods led the Delta Devils to a 21-13 season with a 'First Four' one point loss to Western Kentucky. 11 of those 13 losses came to BCS conference schools, with only a 4-point loss to South Carolina and a 2-point loss to NCAA tourney team Iowa State. Valley was 20-1 in the SWAC this year including the conference tournament.

Woods played under Rick Pitino at Kentucky from 1988-1992. You've seen that Christian Laettner shot in the '92 Elite 8 a thousand times, right? Well, Woods gave UK a one point lead on the previous play (he scored 21 points in that game). Woods served as an assistant coach a several places before taking the job at Valley.

He said this last week: "I would love to be the next head coach at Mississippi State. I would definitely bring excitement, and brand of basketball a lot of people like to see and watch". That means some '90s Rick Pitino full-court press.

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