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Originally published: 2013-01-14 16:38:55
Last modified: 2013-01-14 16:41:58

Woody officially named ASU defensive coordinator

by Staff Reports

After 13 successful seasons as the defensive coordinator at Southern Conference rival Wofford, coaching veteran Nate Woody has officially joined Appalachian State University’s football staff in the same capacity, head coach Scott Satterfield announced Monday in a news release.

Woody has spent all 22 years of his collegiate coaching career at Wofford (1988-93, 1997-2012) and served as the Terriers’ defensive coordinator since 2000.

In his 13 seasons at the helm of his alma mater’s defense, Woody built one of the Southern Conference’s most successful units. Wofford led the SoCon in total defense three times under his tutelage, including twice in the last three campaigns (2010 and 2012), and produced nine all-Americans and three SoCon Defensive Players of the Year.

“Over the years, I’ve seen firsthand how difficult it is to move the ball against coach Woody’s defenses and I’m glad that it will now be our opponents that have to try to do it,” Satterfield said. “He brings a lot of experience in the Southern Conference and knows what it takes to win championships. I’m thrilled to add another excellent coach to our staff.”

In 2012, the Terriers allowed just 16.6 points, 125 rushing yards and 305.9 total yards per game, good for tops in the SoCon in all three categories. Wofford ranked among the top 10 nationally in total defense two of the past three seasons — seventh in 2010 (285.9 yards per game) and ninth in 2012. The Terriers also led the nation in takeaways with 41 in 2003.

Woody, 52, was a four-year starter at Wofford from 1980-83, playing two years at defensive back and two at outside linebacker. He was an honorable-mention all-American as a senior, as well as a two-time all-district honoree and served as the Terriers’ team captain in 1983. He graduated from Wofford with a B.A. in business economics in 1984.

“Leaving a place that I’ve been for well over 20 years is difficult but it’s been made so much easier by how nice and cordial everyone at Appalachian State has been,” Woody said. “I’ve always respected the talent level at Appalachian State, how well-coached their teams have been and the championships that they’ve won. Also, I’m looking forward to going against a powerful spread offense every day in practice, which I think gives me the chance to grow as a coach. I am excited to be a part of the Appalachian State family and grateful to Coach Satterfield for the opportunity.”

Woody takes the reins as Appalachian State’s defensive coordinator from Dale Jones, who held the position from 2010-12. Jones, a 17-year member of Appalachian’s staff, will remain as an assistant coach on the defensive side of the ball.

Jason Blalock, who was an assistant coach for the Mountaineers for seven seasons, will pursue other professional opportunities. Blalock was the defensive line coach from 2011-12 and the defensive tackles coach from 2009-10.

One opening remains on Satterfield’s staff for an assistant coach on the offensive side of the ball.

Woody was born in Burlington and spent part of his childhood in nearby Morganton before attending high school at T.L. Hanna H.S. in Anderson, S.C. At Hanna, he was a four-sport standout (football, basketball, baseball and soccer) and played in the 1979 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. Woody and his wife, Rebecca, have two sons, Nicolas and Jacob.