Vance-Granville names new basketball coach
Michael Woody has been named head coach of the Vance-Granville men’s basketball program, becoming the fourth Vanguards’ head coach in the last four seasons.
Woody served as an assistant coach for Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory last season. He succeeds Mike Rotolo, who led Vance-Granville for one season.
The Five Points, Ala. native said he wants to bring basketball at Vance-Granville to the “next level.”
“I saw an opportunity to become head coach and help young men become better student-athletes,” said Woody, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. “It’s a win-win situation. There’s a lot of room to grow the program and expand community awareness about Vance-Granville and what it has to offer. I want to be a part of that positive experience.”
Woody served as Catawba Valley’s primary recruiter. He helped guide the Buccaneers to a 21-11 record last season and an appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Region X Tournament semifinals.
Vance-Granville returns to Division II Region X competition this season. The Vanguards weren’t eligible to play a Region X schedule in 2012-2013 as a penalty resulting from canceling its 2011-2012 season midway through the campaign.
Vance-Granville has four combined wins in the last three seasons after recording winning records in each of the program’s first two seasons.
Woody intends to recruit beyond the Tri-County area.
“Go through the state of North Carolina and leave no stone unturned,” said Woody, “and try to find talent that’s hidden out there.”
Woody was head coach of the high-school age Alabama Hawks Athletic Club team from 2007-12.
Woody played basketball at Southern Community College in Monroeville, Ala. before suiting up for NCAA Division II Columbus State.
The Vanguards will continue to play their games at Aycock Recreation Center and practice at Western Vance High School.
Woody isn’t deterred by the lack of a basketball facility at Vance-Granville.
“Many community colleges out there don’t have their own facilities,” said Woody. “The guys aren’t down that we don’t have our own facilities. It’s really not an issue. We’re going to play hard and practice hard day in and day out.”
Woody said there are currently 14 players on the Vanguards’ roster and he is considering an open tryout.
Practice is set to begin Oct. 1.
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