Woody Sherwood is in his third season as an assistant coach at Indiana University. He is in his 16th year as a college soccer coach, nine of those coming in the state of Indiana.
In 2008, Sherwood helped a young group of Hoosiers score 24 goals in 19 games. Notably among those was the play of the IU freshmen, who netted one-third of IU's goals (eight), including four by newcomer Devon Beach. Beach led the team in scoring in her first season in Bloomington, and fellow freshman Carly Samp also posted a strong showing, as she tied for fourth on the team in points.
In his first season, he helped the Hoosiers to one of the finest seasons in school history, as the squad went 13-7-3 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The veteran coach has more than 15 years of collegiate coaching experience, particularly in the Indiana area.
Under Sherwood's tutelage, the Indiana offense had an outstanding season in 2007. The Hoosiers scored 36 goals on a school-record 343 shots and had 11 multi-goal games, up from four such games during the 2006 season. Individually, Kristin Arnold had one of the finest scoring seasons in school history, as her 10 goals were fourth in school history and her eight conference goals set a new Indiana high.
Prior to joining the Hoosier staff, Sherwood spent one season as an assistant at the University of Louisville. Sherwood helped the Cardinals post the best season in school history, as the team posted a top-25 ranking throughout the 2006 season and earned its first berth in the NCAA Tournament.
The Cardinals went 13-4-3 on the season, allowing just 10 goals on the year. The 13 wins were an all-time high for U of L, and the national ranking was also a first for the squad. Five Louisville players were named All-Great Lakes Region selections last season and two were named All-Americans. Previously, Louisville had just one All-America selection.
Before joining the Cardinals, Sherwood served as the head coach at Butler for seven seasons, going 63-64-10. Sherwood was named the 2002 Horizon League Coach of the Year. The 2002 team finished with a 15-6 mark and set a school record for wins in a single season.
He helped the Bulldogs to a conference co-championship and three runners-up finishes in the league. In his seven seasons, the Bulldogs finished no lower than third in the Horizon League.
Prior to heading up the Butler program, Sherwood served as head coach at Towson State for a pair of seasons, helping the Tigers to a school-record 14 wins and their first-ever regional ranking. He also spent three seasons as an assistant at Xavier from 1994-97.
Sherwood also served as a regional staff coach in Region II of the United States Youth Soccer Association from 2003-05 and was a member of the 1999 USYSA Region I staff. Additionally, he spent a pair of seasons at the helm of the Carmel United Soccer Club.
Sherwood has also been active with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and was on the Great Lakes Regional Ranking Committee from 2003-06. Additionally, the Rockville, Md., native served as the NSCAA's ranking chair in 2006. He was also a committee member of the NCAA Tournament Regional Selection Committee from 2004-06.
As a player, Sherwood won four letters from Xavier while playing both at the midfield and on defense. He graduated from the school with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1991 and earned his master's degree from Xavier in sport administration in 1995.
Sherwood is an avid pilot who has his Private Pilot License. He resides in Bloomington.
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