COLLEGE BASEBALL

Robert Woodard named Charlotte baseball coach

Charlotte 49ers Director of Athletics Mike Hill named Robert Woodard to lead the baseball program. Woodard, a Charlotte native, has spent the past three seasons as the pitching coach at the University of North Carolina. He has also served as pitching coach at UNCW and Virginia Tech. Woodard will replace Loren Hibbs who announced his retirement after 27 years at the helm.

"This is an exciting moment for our baseball program," Hill said. "Robert demonstrated to us that he is ready to take this step. He has been part of one of the best coaching staffs in baseball over the past several years and he is widely respected in collegiate and professional baseball circles. We're looking forward to welcoming him home."

"This is a day I've dreamed about and prepared for. I'm grateful to Mike Hill, Darin Spease and the team at Charlotte for trusting me with this opportunity," said Woodard. "Coach Hibbs has built a great foundation here and we will expect to be excellent in everything we do. I can't wait to get started."

This past year, Woodard helped lead North Carolina to 46 wins and an NCAA Super Regional appearance. In 2018, North Carolina played in the College World Series in Omaha for the 11th time in program history.

Woodard is the all-time winningest pitcher in North Carolina history, with a 34-5 career record. Woodard, who attended Myers Park High in Charlotte, was a three-time All-ACC performer and the 2006-07 recipient of the Patterson medal, Carolina's highest athletic honor. As a collegian, Woodard never lost a home game as a pitcher, finishing his career with a 22-0 record.

Woodard was drafted in the 20th round by the San Diego Padres and spent three seasons in the Padres organization before beginning his collegiate coaching career.

Quoting Charlotte 49ers Head Coach Robert Woodard: "It is an incredible honor to be named the fifth head baseball coach of the Charlotte baseball program. The moment Mike Hill reached out with he and his staff's decision, is a moment I will never forget. Charlotte is home for me. It's where I grew up and my parents still reside. The opportunity to lead my hometown city's college baseball program is truly special. This opportunity would not be possible without all of my former players from along the journey. It would also not be possible without the belief and mentorship of Coach Fox and Scott Forbes at UNC. They are two of my closest friends both in and outside the game and two people I am very thankful to have in my life. I will also be reaching out individually to the many others throughout the game that have enabled me in this very special opportunity. I cannot wait to get my feet back on the ground in the Queen City, meet the team and assemble our staff.  We are going to bring a brand of baseball to the city of Charlotte that our former players, alumni and fan base will all be proud of."

Charlotte athletics


June 29, 2019