Kevin Woodin will begin his 15th season as the head women’s basketball coach at Montana State Billings in 2018-19. He is also the head men’s and women’s golf coach, a post he assumed prior to the spring 2016 season.
In 2017-18, Woodin led the Yellowjackets to the best finish in school history, advancing to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight after winning the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and NCAA D2 West Region tournament titles. The Yellowjackets tied the school record for wins, going 25-12 overall, and finished fourth in the GNAC standings with a league record of 12-8.
Woodin’s Yellowjackets won seven straight games, including three in-a-row over nationally-ranked teams, en route to the second regional title in school history and first since the 1998-99 season. The ‘Jackets fell to No. 1 Ashland University 91-73 in the opening round of the Elite Eight.
Under Woodin’s guidance, senior Alisha Breen was a first-team All-American after breaking the MSUB and GNAC career records for scoring as she finished with 2,001 points. Breen broke the GNAC record for points in a season with 791, and her average of 21.4 points per game was No. 11 in the NCAA. Fellow senior Rylee Kane also completed a decorated career, starting all 125 games in her four seasons as point guard and finishing No. 2 in MSUB history and No. 4 in GNAC history with 563 assists.
All 10 of MSUB’s eligible players in 2017-18 earned academic all-GNAC accolades, and Breen was a CoSIDA academic all-district and academic All-American as well.
In his coaching career, Woodin has posted a 243-167 overall record (.593 winning percentage), capturing one NCAA Division II regional championship, two Heartland Conference regular season titles, one Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular season title, and two conference tournament championships.
Under Woodin’s guidance in 2016-17, Tiana Hanson earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, after being picked as a second-team all-conference forward. MSUB was also the academic team champion within the GNAC with a team GPA of 3.53.
Woodin earned his second Great Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honor in 2015-16, and became the winningest coach in school history by leading the Yellowjackets back to the NCAA Division II West Region Championships with an overall record of 21-11 and a mark of 15-5 in league play.
Coach Woodin has guided the Yellowjackets to postseason play 10 times in 13 seasons. During the 2004-05 season, he was named the NCAA Division II Independent Coach of the Year. He was also the 2006-07 Heartland Coach of the Year.
Woodin’s teams have excelled academically during his tenure. The WBCA honored MSUB’s 2013-14 squad as an academic top-25 team in the nation as they earned a 3.656 cumulative team GPA. That marked the seventh consecutive year MSUB has been ranked in the academic top-25 by the WBCA. With the 3.656, the team was ranked No. 6 in the nation for NCAA Div. II institutions. In 2014-15, the Yellowjackets registered a 3.4 cumulative GPA. The 'Jackets have also earned five GNAC academic titles for women's basketball over the past eight years.
In 2013-14, the MSU Billings women’s basketball team finished 25-8 overall, 15-3 in the GNAC, and a perfect 15-0 defense of their home court. MSUB won the regular season GNAC title, advancing to the West Region tournament ranked No. 2 overall. At the West Region tourney hosted by No. 1 seed Cal Poly Pomona, the Yellowjackets won their first two games, defeating Academy of Art and Simon Fraser University. With their two wins, Woodin’s team advanced on to the Sweet Sixteen round, where they played against host school Cal Poly Pomona in the West Region title game.
Woodin became the Yellowjacket women’s 11th head basketball coach when he took over on July 23, 2004.
Before the Montana High School Association moved the girls’ basketball season to the winter, Woodin was a part-time assistant coach at MSU Billings from 2000-03. Woodin also teaches many HHP courses at MSUB.
Woodin was the head girls’ basketball coach at Billings West High School from 1994-2004. In that time, he led the Lady Bears to a 138-81 record (.630), including back-to-back Class AA state titles in 2003 and 2004. Woodin’s Bears were a perfect 23-0 in 2004’s title run and won the final 36 games Woodin coached at the school. He earned Montana AA Coach of the Year honors in 2003 and 2004, and was a finalist for the award in 1999 and 2002.
Along with leading the Lady Bears to State AA tournament hardware in four of his last six seasons, Woodin was also an assistant coach on the Montana All-Star Team and an Executive Committee member and coach for the Treasure State Classic. At West High, Woodin coached 19 players who went on to play collegiate basketball.
A native of Libby, Mont., Woodin graduated with a degree in mathematics from Carroll College in 1987. While teaching and coaching at O’Dea High School in Seattle, he earned his master’s degree in athletic administration from Seattle Pacific University in 1992. Woodin taught mathematics at O’Dea High School from 1987-1994 while also coaching boys’ basketball, golf, and tennis. He was named O’Dea’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 1990-91 and the Metro League golf Coach of the Year three times.
Woodin has three children; Kayleen (25), Toria (22) and Garrett (20). Kayleen currently works at an advertising firm in downtown Seattle and Toria is beginning her fourth year at the University of Montana, majoring in pre-med. Garrett is a junior business major at MSUB and is also a member of the men’s golf team. Woodin’s mother Loretta Erickson, formerly of Libby, Mont., resides in Edmonds, Wash. Woodin is a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, Montana Coaches Association, Midland Roundtable, Women’s Golf Coaches Association, and Golf Coaches Association of America. In addition, Woodin is a board member for the Montana State Golf Association.