Knicks assistant Mike Woodson to be next Indiana Hoosiers head coach
The New York Knicks have been making solid strides this year to get to fifth in the Eastern Conference under new head coach Tom Thibodeau. It looks like Thibodeau will be down an assistant, though, as multiple reports say Mike Woodson is heading to Indiana University to become the next head coach of the Hoosiers.
The Hoosiers have been searching for a new head coach after parting ways with Archie Miller two weeks ago. There was a lot of noise around Brad Stevens getting the job, but that didn’t come to fruition. Now, Woodson is set to take over, with former Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta getting a key job as well:
IU is hiring former Butler and Ohio State coach Thad Matta as associate AD for men's basketball administration. Matta will assist an IU staff that will be led by new coach Mike Woodson.
— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelStar) March 28, 2021
Mike Woodson has been coaching since 1996, which is when he became an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks. He then spent time with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons as an assistant, winning a title with the Pistons in 2004.
The 63-year-old then got his first chance at an NBA head coaching gig with the Atlanta Hawks in 2004. Woodson was there until 2010 before joining the Knicks as an assistant in 2011. He ultimately took over for Mike D’Antoni as head coach in 2012 before getting fired in 2014.
Woodson was then an assistant for the Los Angeles Clippers from 2014-18 before returning to the Knicks for this season.
The coach is no stranger to Indiana. Woodson was born and raised in Indianapolis, and he played college ball for the Hoosiers. Woody played for Bobby Knight and had a lot of success at Indiana before going to play in the NBA.
The Hoosiers have been a disappointment in recent years, and they’re hoping one of their own in Mike Woodson can return them to glory.