HEAD COACH SUE WOODFORD
Sue Woodford begins her 11th season as the Ursuline College head softball coach in 2019-20.
When UC was a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), her teams were competitive in the American Mideast Conference and made the playoffs three times, advancing as far as the Regional tournament.
She has the energy and experience to help usher in a new era of Arrow softball as the program transitions to the NCAA Division II level. Woodford has a track record of developing programs, having done so at both the high school and collegiate levels. In addition to working as a teacher, she led the softball program at Atlantic Shores Christian School in Virginia from 1993 until 2001 when she left to take over as the head coach at Hiram College.
Her teams play an aggressive style of softball, evidenced by her Hiram team establishing a new North Coast Athletic Conference single season stolen base record. In 2012, her UC club stole 21 more bases than the opposition. Fundamentals are stressed as well: in 2006, her Ursuline team led the nation as the NAIA Daktronics statistical leader in team defense.
With a background in teaching, academics are stressed under Woodford. Her teams have traditionally been honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Every single year since 2006, her team has finished in the Top 25 nationally in grade point average. Under her watch, Woodford’s teams have continually engaged in community service to better the surrounding communities.
Woodford – who also coached field hockey at the collegiate level - has been certified as an umpire and official in the Tidewater region of Virginia and also taught pitching and hitting for the "Strike Zone Professional Baseball/Softball School" along with former pro players Gary LaVelle and the late Towny Townsend.
She has been an instructor, speaker and coordinator at various camps and clinics throughout the country where she teaches the basics of pitching, hitting and coaching as well as character development and leadership. She is a certified Physical Fitness Specialist and a Team Challenge Training Instructor.
Woodford holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Youngstown State University where she lettered for the Penguins all four seasons while doubling as a two-time team captain of the Penguins field hockey team. She later earned a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The head coach resides in Mayfield Heights, Ohio and has spent many summers as a camp director.