BLACKSBURG, Va. — Woodard joined the Tar Heels staff prior to the 2010 postseason, which followed a three-year professional career in the San Diego Padres minor league organization after being selected in the 20th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft. He assisted with all aspects of the program, including the pitching staff under the direction of Associate Head Coach Scott Forbes.
As a player, Woodard concluded his career with a 34-5 record – the most wins by a Tar Heel pitcher ever – and included a perfect 22-0 mark at home. He earned All-ACC honors three times and finished among the league's all-time leaders in wins and innings pitched. As the anchor of the pitching staff, Woodard helped the Tar Heels to the championship series of the CWS in 2006 and 2007. In 2006-07, he was also the recipient of the Patterson Medal given to UNC's most outstanding student-athletes.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Robert join our staff and the Hokie family,” Mason said. “Robert brings an impressive baseball resume, and an even more impressive knowledge and work ethic. He has developed quite a reputation as being a relentless recruiter and I am very much looking forward to watching him work with and develop our pitchers.”
Mason was named the program’s 24th head baseball coach on June 27 of this year.