USF women’s basketball head coach Jose Fernandez today announced the promotion of Michele Woods-Baxter to associate head coach.
“Michele has been a very big part of the success we have achieved in our program over the last 10 years and I am very pleased to elevate her to associate head coach,” Fernandez said. “She is tremendous working with our players both on and off the floor, and has been an integral part of our success in recruiting. This is a well-deserved promotion and I am very happy for Michele.”
Woods-Baxter, who is entering her 11thseason with the program, came to USF in 2008 as an assistant coach and was elevated to associate coach in 2013. She has been a major part of seven 20-win seasons, nine postseason appearances and five NCAA Tournament appearances with the Bulls.
Responsible for working with the Bulls’ wings, Baxter-Woods has been a vital part of USF’s player development, including work with Courtney Williams, the program’s first all-American, and recent all-America honorees Kitija Laksaand Maria Jespersen. She is also a key part of the Bulls’ international recruiting efforts, helping to bring in six five-star international recruits since 2014.
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USF notched its sixth consecutive 20-win season and fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017-18. It marked the ninth 20-win season in program history, with head coach Jose Fernandezat the helm for all nine. The Bulls posted 26 wins in 2017-18, just shy of the program record of 27 set in 2008-09 and 2014-15.
USF has made 14 postseason tournament appearances and had six NCAA Tournament berths in head coach Jose Fernandez’s 18 seasons. The all-time winningest coach in program history, Fernandez has guided USF to nine 20-win seasons, two WNIT final four appearances, the 2009 WNIT championship and won more than 300 games.