April 12, 2012
TULSA, Okla. -- Even though he said his goodbyes to the Missouri State players, fans and staff members at the team's annual awards banquet on Monday, Steve Woodberry was officially announced as part of Tulsa's basketball staff on Thursday afternoon (April 12).
Newly appointed University of Tulsa Head Basketball Coach Danny Manning made three appointments to his coaching staff Thursday. Woodberry and Brett Ballard, the head coach at Baker University will serve as new assistant coaches for the Golden Hurricane, while San Francisco assistant coach Justin Bauman became Tulsa's director of basketball operations.
"I'm tremendously excited to have Brett, Justin and Steve and their families join our TU basketball family. They and their families are great additions to our university and the Tulsa community," said Manning in a Tulsa-issued release.
Woodberry served as an assistant at MSU the past six seasons, having joined the Bears' coaching staff during the summer of 2006. He served under three head coaches in his stint at MSU, including the 2011-12 campaign for current Bears' sideline boss Paul Lusk.
"We wish Steve and his family the best," Lusk said. "He was invaluable to me during my transition (to the MSU head coaching job) a year ago, and he is a quality professional in every way."
In his tenure at Missouri State, Woodberry was a part of three 20-win campaigns and three postseason tournaments, including two NIT appearances. The Bears posted a 26-9 record, won the MVC regular-season title and advanced to the second round of the 2011 NIT. The year before, Missouri State posted an overall 24-12 record in 2009-10 and was crowned champions of the Collegeinsiuder.com postseason tournament, while going 19-2 at home -- second only to Kansas for the most home wins in Division I basketball.
"Steve is a very experienced and knowledgeable coach. As a player, he was very successful on the collegiate level and in a 10-year professional career," said Manning, who like Woodberry played collegiately at Kansas. "He made his mark as a great teammate and showed his versatility by playing multiple positions. As a coach, Steve has a vast amount of recruiting contacts especially in the Midwest. He has really made his mark as a great recruiter."
Woodberry played on four NCAA Tournament teams and two Final Four teams at the University of Kansas from 1990 to 1994 for Jayhawks' head coach Roy Williams, shortly after Manning's playing career with the Jayhawks ended. Kansas posted a record of 27-8 record when Woodberry was a freshman and reached the NCAA title game where the Jayhawks lost to Duke.
A native of Wichita, Kan., Woodberry played on two state title teams at Wichita South High School and was named Kansas Naismith Player of the Year as a senior in 1990.
According to MSU head coach Paul Lusk, a search for Woodberry's replacement is already underway, although a specific timeline has not been announced.