CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte 49ers head women’s basketball coach Cara Consuegra has announced the addition of Nicole Woods to her staff as an assistant coach, beginning with the 2013-14 campaign. Woods replaces Sabrina Gregory, a 2008 Charlotte graduate before joining the staff first as the director of operations and then assistant coach.
“I am extremely ecstatic about being here, being back home and being a 49er,” said Woods. “I’m glad to be here and I’m happy to be here. I’m looking forward to being able to help in whatever way I can for the 49ers program.”
Woods, a Gastonia, N.C., product from Hunter Huss HS, comes to the Niners program after a two-year stint at Stetson, helping lead the Hatters to an NCAA Tournament appearance this past season. Stetson captured the Atlantic Sun Tournament title, knocking off regular-season champion FGCU in the final to secure the league’s automatic bid and advance to the third NCAA Tournament in school history.
The Hatters captured a school-record 24 victories in 2012-13, including a program-best 11 in-a-row. Both topped the previous marks, established the year before when Stetson competed in the WNIT for the first time in school history. Woods oversaw the development of Victoria McGowan, the 2011-12 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year and a two-time All-A-Sun First Team honoree.
As a member of head coach Lynn Bria’s staff, Woods worked with the guards and post players and served as the program’s recruiting coordinator. She was responsible for film breakdown and scouting, community relations, academic counseling of five players and oversight of team managers and interns. She also was the director of the Stetson summer camps.
“We’re really excited about Nicole coming on board and joining our staff,” Consuegra said. “She comes from a great program with a winning tradition. She understands the expectations and demands we have here at Charlotte.
“She is a great young coach with a lot of expertise in recruiting. I think she’ll contribute to us greatly in that area along with player development and scouting. She’s going to dive right in and be a part of everything here at Charlotte.”
Woods’ first step into the coaching ranks came in 2009 when she began a two-year career as the graduate assistant at Southern Illinois. With the Salukis, she worked for her former collegiate head coach, Missy Tiber. Woods was responsible for team travel, video exchange, team game day operations and oversight of team managers in addition to also serving as the director of summer camps. She assisted with film breakdown and scouting and community relations.
Woods was a four-year member of the Belmont Abbey women’s basketball program, earning NCAA Division II Bulletin All-American Second Team accolades as a senior. She finished her final campaign .01 ppg behind the national leader, averaging 24.1 for the Crusaders and collecting the Carolina-Virginia Athletic Conference Player of the Year plaudit. She was named to the league’s first team as a junior and senior. As a junior, Woods placed third nationally with 8.1 assists per game.
She finished her career with 1641 points, ranking fourth in school history, while her 676 points in 2005-06 still stand as a program high for a single season. She tallied a career-best 37 points in two games, at Wingate (Jan. 3, 2005) and at Queens (Feb. 19, 2005). She also owns the only triple-double in Crusaders’ history, with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Erskine (Jan. 6, 2005).
After her stellar collegiate career, she played professionally for one season for the Nottingham Wildcats in England. She paced the squad in assists and was second in scoring.
Woods was a double major during her undergrad career, earning degrees in accounting and business management from Belmont Abbey in 2006. She then completed her master’s degree in public administration from Southern Illinois in 2011.