We suspected that Everett Withers might have a name for his vacant DC position sooner than later and for once, we were right. Withers is set to hire Oklahoma staffer Chris Woods to run Texas State's defense in 2018. The news comes a day after Texas State defensive coordinator Randall McCray left for a position with the Arizona Cardinals.
Woods has been at OU from 2015 to 2017 as a defensive specialist, a position that doesn't count towards the ten full-time assistant allotment. He spent time at Holmes Community College in Mississippi before heading to Norman. At Holmes, his defenses finished tenth or eleventh in total defense in each of his three years in the MACJC.
Before Holmes, Woods was Columbia University’s defensive coordinator/linebackers coach. Woods joined the Columbia staff after serving three years as the defensive line coach/special teams coordinator at Bryant University. Woods led a Bryant defense that was ranked first in the Northeast Conference in scoring defense with 17.3 points allowed per game and finished the season ranked second in both passing defense and total defense in 2009. In his first season at Bryant, the Bulldogs finished the year nationally ranked in several defensive categories, including rushing defense and sacks.
Woods has also coached at Harvard and a couple of NAIA/Division III schools.