With more than 30 years of coaching experience, coach Kevin Woodin has seen success as a leader at both the high school and collegiate level. He has taught and coached at Montana State University Billings for more than a decade and is currently the head coach of the Yellowjacket women’s basketball team, standing as the winningest coach in school history. He’s also the head coach of MSUB’s men’s and women’s golf teams. Here are some top coaching moments from his career.
A Historical Upset Win
In 1993, Woodin was coach of the boy’s basketball team at O’Dea High School in Seattle. Before ’93, O’Dea had the most state tournament appearances in Washington state history but had never won a state championship. That year, Woodin helped the team, ranked fifth in the district, sneak into the state tournament. From there, his underdog squad made a jaw-dropping run, ultimately winning the 1992-93 Washington Class AA State Championship.
With two key starters plagued with season-ending injuries, Woodin’s 2013-2014 MSU Billings women’s basketball team faced an uphill battle. As great coaches often do, he rallied his team to a Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship and advanced to the national tournament’s Sweet 16. The special group fell just short of the national championship, finishing the season in a close regional championship game.
Building a Legacy
In 2003, Woodin led a talented Billings West girl’s basketball team to the program’s first-ever state championship victory. After a back-and-forth battle, his team upset top-ranked Hellgate to become the first-ever Billings West girl’s basketball team to win a state championship. In addition to being a historic accomplishment, the moment was redemptive, as the Bears had lost a nail-biter in the state championship game one year prior. His team would go on to win the next season’s state championship and cap a perfect 23-0 season.
Excellence through Versatility
A leader known for his versatility, Woodin has also had great coaching moments on the links. As the coach of O’Dea’s golf team, he guided the school to its first-ever Metro golf championship in 1990. Years later, he coached a West High golf squad, which included his son, to a state championship win and AA scoring record.
Success Beyond the Playing Arena
Coach Woodin’s greatest moments extend well beyond the court or the golf course. In addition to success in the sporting arena, his MSUB women’s basketball program has seen every player for the last 13 years go on to receive a degree. Woodin’s teams have finished in the top three academically every year they have competed in the GNAC, and his squads have finished in the top 25 nationally in overall team GPA for eight of the last 10 seasons.