DEFIANCE, OHIO - Defiance College baseball head coach Derek Woodley sat down with the American Baseball Coaches Association to discuss his growth inside coaching and his passion to make an impact. The ABCA's Calls from the Clubhouse Podcast, released Tuesday, gives listeners a look into Coach Woodley's story coming off a highly successful season.
Woodley, in his 12th year at the helm, led Defiance baseball to the program's highest win total since 1995 during the 2019 season. Pegged to finish last in the HCAC preseason poll, Woodley's Yellow Jackets defied the odds. While amassing 23 wins Defiance achieved a third place finish in conference play.
Making the conference tournament for the first time since 2013, DC continued the impressive run in postseason action. Defiance recorded two wins in the tournament before bowing out just one win away from a berth in the HCAC Championship.
In conjunction with the successful year, Woodley reached a career milestone of 300 wins as a head coach. Woodley also recieved recognition from the HCAC as Co-Coach of the Year for his efforts in Defiance baseball's stellar season.
Coach Woodley's episode can be found at https://abca.org/podcast or wherever you access your podcasts.