EMU Names Jeff Woodruff Head Football Coach

Updated 12/15/1999
YPSILANTI, Mich. (December 15) -- Jeff Woodruff, an assistant football coach at the University of Arizona for the past two seasons, has been named Eastern Michigan University's head football coach. EMU Director of Athletics Dave Diles made the announcement today at a press conference in the Convocation Center. Woodruff takes over the head coaching duties from Rick Rasnick who was relieved of his duties, Nov. 16.

"Jeff Woodruff brings a lot of excitement and enthusiasm into his new role as Eastern Michigan University's new head football coach," Diles said of Woodruff's appointment. "He has been a major part of several top intercollegiate football programs during his career, including a national championship team at the University of Washington, and we feel that success will carry over in leading the EMU football program into the future."

A native of Kent, Ohio, Woodruff was a football letterwinner at Kent State University before earning his bachelor's degree in 1979.

He began his coaching career as a tight ends coach and graduate assistant on the Kent football staff in 1979. Woodruff joined the University of Washington football staff as a graduate assistant coach from 1980-82 before moving on to the University of Nevada Reno as the secondary coach and recruiting coordinator in 1983. He returned to the University of Washington staff in 1984 as quarterbacks coach, moving up to the offensive coordinator position in 1992. While at Washington, Woodruff was a part of the staff that helped the 1991 Washington team win the national championship. After leaving in 1994, Woodruff became the head football coach at Cholla High School in Tucson, Arizona before joining the University of Arizona staff as an assistant in 1998.

During his coaching career, Woodruff has been on football staffs that have participated in 12 post-season bowl games, including the Holiday Bowl (1998), Rose Bowl (1980, 1982, 1991, 1992, 1993), Freedom Bowl (1989), Independence Bowl (1987), Sun Bowl (1986), Orange Bowl (1985), Aloha Bowl (1984) and Holiday Bowl (1998).