Benedictine University at Mesa announces Frank Woodford as their new NAIA Compliance/Student-Athlete Services Coordinator and assistant men's basketball coach.
"I am extremely excited to announce the addition of Frank Woodford to our coaching staff," Director of Athletics Steve Schafer said. "Frank brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program. He is a relationship-oriented person who is really going to connect with our players and help them in their development personally, academically and athletically.
"I have had a chance to watch Frank work these last two years while recruiting in the ACCAC and there aren't many people out there that work harder than him. He is an exceptional recruiter who will continue to help us target the best players in the state and surrounding areas."
Woodford joins BenU at Mesa with a wealth of experience on both the academic services and athletics side of his position. Most recently, he worked at Grand Canyon University as a university counselor in the College of Theology while also in his second season as assistant men's basketball coach at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
In 2015-16, he worked exclusively at Chandler-Gilbert in his first year there as both the Student-Athlete Services Coordinator and assistant men's basketball coach.
At Chandler-Gilbert, Woodford helped coach the team to a 25-36 record in his two seasons with Coyotes, including a 14-17 record last year that landed them a berth into the NJCAA Division II Region 1 playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Prior to his time at Chandler-Gilbert, Woodford worked at Northern Arizona University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in history in 2012 and a master's in educational leadership in 2015, first as a graduate assistant men's basketball coach for two years and then as a recruiting coordinator for the men's basketball team.
"I'm truly excited to be a part of the Benedictine family," Woodford said. "I see a lot of opportunity at this University, both from a student-athlete service prospective and a basketball prospective, to make a positive impact.
"I'm thrilled to be able to experience the NAIA level while being able to stay in Arizona after spending time at the Division 1 and junior college levels."
Woodford joins the staff of the men's basketball program, which went 16-12 last season, including going 11-3 in California Pacific Conference play.