Raymond Woodie Jr. has over two decades of coaching experience and has proven to be one of the top recruiters in all of college football.
"Woodie got into football by playing in youth leagues in Palmetto. His dad, Raymond Sr., who was a Winn-Dixie manager for 36 years, was his coach. “He never missed a day,” Woodie said. “I said to myself, ‘Wow. How can you go 36 years as a manager and never miss a day?’ Just a relentless work ethic, and I think that’s where I get that from.”
Woodie’s mother Linda worked as a nurse for 30 years and also served as motivation for Woodie, younger sister Jacinda and older brother Darryl. “They provided real examples, positive examples to me that nobody’s going to give you nothing,” Woodie said. “You got to go out there and work. It’s a ‘do something’ world. If you don’t do anything, then don’t expect anything.”"
- Linebackers Coach - Florida State University | Tallahassee, FL 2018 - Pres.
- OLB's/Spc Teams Coord. - University of Oregon | Eugene, OR 2017
- Defensive Coord. /Asst. HC - University of South Florida | Tampa, FL 2015 - 16
- Linebackers Coach - University of South Florida | Tampa, FL 2013 - 16
- Spc Teams Coord. - University of South Florida | Tampa, FL 2014 - 15
- Linebackers Coach - Western Kentucky University | Bowling Green, KY 2012
- Defensive Line Coach - Western Kentucky University | Bowling Green, KY 2010 - 11
- Athletics Director - Palmetto High | Palmetto, FL 2008 - 09
- Head Coach - Palmetto High | Palmetto, FL 2007 - 09
- Head Coach - Bayshore High | Bradenton, FL 1997 - 2006
- Defensive Coordinator - Palmetto High | Palmetto, FL 1996
Linebacker/Safety - Bethune-Cookman University | Daytona Beach, FL 1992 - 95
Set a school record with 14.5 sacks during his Junior campaign | Bethune-Cookman
Academic All-American, First Team All-American and two-time All MEAC | Bethune-Cookman
Youngest High School Coach in Florida at 23 years old | Bayshore High
Most wins in Bayshore history. Made the District Playoffs 7/9 times | Bayshore High
District Champions in '08 and helped design/raise $1.2 Million for new field house | Palmetto High
Awarded the 2007 State Farm/Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award as the A.D. | Palmetto High
Team wins by year: 2010 (2) - 2011 (7) - 2012 (7) | Western Kentucky University
Coached/Recruited 11 players who made 4 pre-season national award watch lists, collected 15 All-Conference post-season honors and 7 of them played in the NFL | Western Kentucky University
Sun Belt Conference Recruiter of the Year by Scout/FoxSports.com. Recruited 7/13 signees in the class, 5 of them 3 star recruits | 2012
Team wins by year: 2013 (2) - 2014 (4) - 2015 (8) - 2016 (11) | University of South Florida
Attended the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers | 2014
Represented USF at the NFL/NCAA Coaches Academy | 2015
USF Special Teams ranked #6 in kick returns (26.66 YPR), #22 in punt returns (12.61 YPR), #32 in punting (43.2 YPP), and #43 in kick return defense (20.22 YPR) | 2015
USF Defense faced the most plays in the nation (1,077) and ranked #18 nationally in takeaways with 11 fumble recoveries #24 and 15 interceptions #22. Also ranked #19 nationally after taking three of these turnovers back for touchdowns. The defense made plays in the backfield regularly ranking #42 (2.38/game) in sacks and #52 (6.1/game) in tackles for loss | 2016
Received a bid to play in the Miami Beach Bowl (2015) and won the Birmingham Bowl (2016) over South Carolina behind a 4 sack, 5 turnover, 1 touchdown, >100 rushing yard effort by the defense.
Named American Athletic Conference Recruiter of the Year by both 247 Sports and Rivals | 2014
Recruited 9/10 USF players that received post season honors | 2016
Recruited 7/10 USF players that received post season honors | 2017
Signed a total of 9 four-star prospects at USF
Helped the team improve from 4 wins in 2016 to 7 in 2017.
Named Head Coach for Team Free in the '17 Spring Game, won 34-11.
OLB's contributed to a defense ranked #22 in turnovers (25), #22 in TFL/Game (7.2), #26 in Rushing Defense (128.5 YPG), and a total defense ranked #46, up from #126 the year prior.
Guided Tanner Carew (Phil Steele First Team Pac-12 and All American LS and 2nd Pac-12 LS to ever go to the Senior Bowl), record setting K Adrian Schneider (63/63 pat's, 9/12 fg's), and Brenden Schooler (First Team Pac-12 AP/ST).
Was ranked the #1 recruiter in the Pac-12 prior to leaving for FSU | 2017
Ranked the #2 recruiter in the ACC by 247 Sports | 2017
Coached two players (DeCalon Brooks and Dontavious Jackson) to ACC Linebacker of the Week honors. No Seminoles had won the award since 2015 | 2018
Coached Fr. Amari Gainer to ACC Rookie of the Week. | 2019
“Just knowing everyone involved,” Woodie said when asked what helps him land recruits. “Nowadays you got to know the whole dynamic of the situation. Back in the day when I was playing, it was either Mom or Dad. Now, you got so many people in these student-athletes’ lives. If you don’t know the teacher, if you don’t know the preacher, if you don’t know the girlfriend, a lot of times you won’t have a chance.”
What they're saying about Ray
“He’s just a tremendous person and a tremendous coach. He had a great passion for the game and he really cared about young people, about the guys he coached,” Leavitt told The Athletic. “When I was able to get the job at Oregon and Coach Woodie came up here with Coach Taggart, I had a chance to spend a lot of time with him in the coaching part of it, and I just thought he was tremendous.”
Leavitt and Woodie often would return to the Oregon coaches’ office after games and stay up until 2 or 3 a.m. breaking down film and talking defense. Leavitt admires Woodie’s work ethic as a coach and as a recruiter.
“I’m proud of him, to be honest with you,” Leavitt said. “To accomplish what he’s been able to accomplish — a lot of high school coaches don’t make it, it’s just hard. It’s just hard to make the transition to a major college. For him to do that, you’ve got to be special in a number of ways.”
“If I were a parent and I had a young kid who was being recruited, he’d be the type of coach I’d want my son to be around,” Frazier said. “He seems to be a man of integrity. He’s obviously a very good coach, good teacher. But sometimes when you’re dealing with young men, you need more than someone who can just talk X’s and O’s.
“Especially when you’re developing as a young man, you need someone who can kind of mentor you off the field as well as on the field, and Ray’s one of those guys.”
Frazier said Woodie is “one of those guys who had that ability to not only talk football but can talk real-life issues as well. And when you’re 18, 19 years of age, that’s a good thing to have someone who can really talk some of the issues of life that you’re facing and kind of help you develop as a young man.”