DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire men's basketball coach Phil Rowe is pleased to announce that he has completed his coaching staff for the 2001-02 season, most notably adding Jim Woods to the Wildcat staff.
Woods, an 1998 graduate of Boston College with a bachelor's degree in Orginizational Behavior, was recently hired by Rowe as an assistant coach with the men's basketball program. According to Rowe, Woods will have a variety of responsibilities with the 'Cats, including basketball operations. Woods joins Darryl Hilliard, who enters his third year under Rowe as an assistant coach, and Cory McClure, who enters his second, on the New Hampshire coaching staff.
Woods received much of his mentoring as a student assistant at Boston College for four years under Jim O'Brien (three) and Al Skinner (one) from 1994-1998. The Eagles made two appearances in the NCAAs and won a Big East title during that time. After graduating from BC, Woods worked for one year under Rowe at Keene State College (1998-99), as the recruiting coordinator for an Owl program that finished 21-7.
Prior to his arrival at UNH, Woods was the recruiting coordinator and the Director of Eastern Invitational for The Hoop Group for two years, setting up and coordinating dozens of major scholastic tournaments across the east coast. The Eastern Invitational is widely regarded as the best exposure/teaching basketball camp in the country.
Under Woods direction, 84 of the 100 finalists for the McDonald's High School All-American game attended The Hoop Group run events.
Also returning to the UNH staff next year will be administrative assistant and Concord, N.H. native Ryan Hurd. Joining Hurd this season in administrative duties as an assistant coach will be 1996 UNH graduate Doug Wilson, a four-year letterwinner for the Wildcats from 1992-96. A tireless defender while at UNH, Wilson still stands second all-time in career steals with 193.