Raymond Woodie is in his second season coaching the Seminoles’ linebackers in 2019 after joining head coach Willie Taggart’s staff for the fourth time.
Woodie coached defensive ends and linebackers at Western Kentucky before serving as linebackers coach, assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at South Florida and then outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Oregon. He is one of only three staff members to be with Coach Taggart in every season of his head-coaching career.
In 2018, Woodie took over a position that returned only seven total starts among the entire linebacker corps. The group was led by Dontavious Jackson, who ranked second on the team with 75 tackles and became the first Seminole since 2001 to have multiple games of at least 14 tackles in the same season. Jackson, redshirt freshman DeCalon Brooks, sophomore Leonard Warner and true freshman Jaiden Woodbey, who earned Freshman All-America honors while starting all 12 games at the STAR position, all flashed versatility, stuffing each section of the stat sheet with a combined 217 tackles, including 16.0 for loss, one interception, 14 pass breakups, 10 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
The Seminoles ranked second in the ACC and 20th in the NCAA holding opponents to only 3.52 yards per rush. The run defense held nine of 12 opponents under their season yards-per-carry average, kept three teams from reaching 100 yards on the ground and allowed only 16 rushing touchdowns, the fourth-lowest total in the conference. The Seminoles ranked second in the ACC and 17th in the NCAA in fourth-down defense and also ranked fifth in the conference in rushing defense, third-down defense and passes intercepted.
Woodie orchestrated a nearly perfect kicking game in 2017 as Oregon finished the season 63-of-63 on PAT attempts and 9-of-12 on field goals. Additionally, the team’s average of 22.73 yards per kickoff return ranked third in the Pac-12. Long snapper Tanner Carew earned first-team All-America honors from Phil Steele and was invited to the Senior Bowl, and freshman Brenden Schooler was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection as an all-purpose/special teams player. Kicker Adrian Schneider broke Oregon’s school record with 51 career made field goals.
On defense, Woodie’s outside linebackers made major contributions to a unit that ranked 23rd in the country with 25 turnovers forced, 22nd with an average of 7.2 tackles for loss per game and 24th in rushing defense by allowing 128.5 yards per game on the ground. The team’s total defense ranking soared from 126th in 2016 to 46th in 2017.
At South Florida, Woodie held the title of assistant head coach for two seasons and coordinated the Bulls’ defense during their record-breaking 2016 season. That year, USF won a school-record 11 games while the defense forced 26 turnovers to rank 18th in the country and returned three for touchdowns, tied for the 19th-highest total in the nation.
He also oversaw the linebackers at South Florida, coaching two to all-conference recognition. In 2014, Nigel Harris led the country and broke a school record with six forced fumbles. Woodie tutored the Houston Texans’ sixth-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, Reshard Cliett, and also helped DeDe Lattimore and Harris reach the NFL.
In 2015, he was responsible for the Bulls’ special teams and coached the sixth-best kickoff return unit in the country as USF finished the year with a program-record average of 26.66 yards per return. Kickoff returner Rodney Adams was a second-team all-conference selection after leading the American Athletic Conference and ranking sixth in the NCAA with his average of 29.1 yards per return. Adams was selected in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.
Woodie boasts an impressive resume on the recruiting trail and impacted Florida State immediately as he was ranked as the No. 2 recruiter in the ACC by 247Sports in 2018, despite having less than two months to recruit for the Seminoles after he was hired. Woodie earned AAC top recruiter recognition by Rivals in 2014 and was named the Sun Belt’s Recruiter of the Year by Scout/FoxSports.com in 2012. He was also ranked as the No. 1 recruiter in the Pac-12 and No. 13 nationally by 247Sports during the 2017 season. He helped Coach Taggart sign the AAC’s top classes in 2014 and 2015, directly recruiting nine of USF’s 10 all-conference selections in 2016, and the highest-ranked classes in the Sun Belt in 2010 and 2011.
While at Western Kentucky, he recruited Venice, Florida, native Forrest Lamp and Lakeland, Florida, native Andrew Jackson to Bowling Green. Lamp was a second-round pick by the Los Angeles Chargers in the 2017 NFL Draft and Jackson was selected in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. They are two of seven Hilltoppers recruited by Woodie to play in the NFL.
Before entering college coaching with Taggart at Western Kentucky, Woodie was a high school head coach in South Florida for 13 seasons. He was the head coach at Palmetto High School from 2007-09 and led the Tigers to a district title in 2008. From 1997-2006, Woodie was the head coach at Bayshore High School following one season as the team’s defensive coordinator and led the Bruins to the state playoffs seven times. When he took over as head coach he was only 23 years old, making him the youngest head coach in the state.
Woodie lettered as an outside linebacker and strong safety at Bethune-Cookman from 1992-95, where he earned GTE Academic All-America honors and was a I-AA All-American and first-team All-MEAC performer his final two seasons. As a junior, he broke the program’s single-season record with 14.5 sacks. Following his collegiate career, Woodie spent one season playing for the CFL’s British Columbia Lions.
A native of Palmetto, Florida, and graduate of Palmetto High School, Woodie graduated from Bethune-Cookman in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and earned his master’s degree in education from National Louis University.
Woodie and his wife, Stephanie, have three children, Raymond, who is a freshman defensive back for the Seminoles, Alanah and Kaden.
|2017||Oregon||Special Teams Coordinator/Outside Linebackers|
|2016||South Florida||Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator|
|2015||South Florida||Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers|
|2010-11||Western Kentucky||Defensive Ends|
|2007-09||Palmetto High School (Florida)||Head Coach|
|1997-2006||Bayshore High School (Florida)||Head Coach|
|1996||Bayshore High School (Florida)||Defensive Coordinator|