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Mike Woodson
Woodson coaching the Hawks in the 2008 NBA playoffs
Position(s) Shooting guard
Small forward
Jersey #(s) 2, 42
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Born March 24, 1958 (1958-03-24) (age 51)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Career information
Year(s) 1980–1991
NBA Draft 1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12

Selected by New York Knicks

College Indiana
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA and/or ABA)
Points     10,981
Rebounds     1,838
Assists     1,822
Stats @
Career highlights and awards
  • None

Michael "Mike" Dean Woodson (born March 24, 1958 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a retired American basketball player and current head coach of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks.

Woodson took over the job from Terry Stotts prior to the 2004-05 NBA season. He came to the Hawks after a stint as an assistant coach on the 2003-04 Detroit Pistons NBA Championship team and was a long-time assistant under Larry Brown. Woodson was known for getting the most of defensive players, allowing teams coached by him and Brown to limit opponents to just under 42% shooting. Woodson played college basketball at Indiana University and was a protege of legendary coach Bob Knight. He was the leading scorer on the 1979 Indiana team that won the NIT championship.

He was selected 12th overall by the New York Knicks in the 1980 NBA Draft and played in the league from 1980 until 1991. He spent two years in New York, before being traded to the Kansas City Kings. He enjoyed great success with the franchise, leading the team with 18.2 points per contest during a 1983 playoff run. He averaged 12.2 points over his career with the Kings (moving with the team to Sacramento). After success with that franchise, he finished his career by moving between several teams, making contributions in New Jersey, Los Angeles (with the Clippers), Houston, and Cleveland.

Prior to working with Brown, Woodson was an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks for three years beginning in 1996. He later took a coaching job in Cleveland before being invited to join Brown's staff.

Woodson and his wife Terri have two daughters, Alexis and Mariah, and both are very talented volleyball players. Alexis is in her freshman year on the Hoosiers volleyball program, while Mariah is finishing up her senior season for Atlanta’s Woodward Academy[1]

Coaching record

Regular season   G Games coached   W Games won   L Games lost
Post season  PG  Games coached  PW  Games won  PL  Games lost
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL Result
ATL 2004–05 82 13 69 .159 5th in Southeast Missed Playoffs
ATL 2005–06 82 26 56 .317 5th in Southeast Missed Playoffs
ATL 2006–07 82 30 52 .366 5th in Southeast Missed Playoffs
ATL 2007–08 82 37 45 .451 3rd in Southeast 7 3 4 Lost in First Round
ATL 2008–09 82 47 35 .580 2nd in Southeast 11 4 7 Lost in Conference Semifinals
Career 410 153 257 .373 18 7 11


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Preceded by
Terry Stotts
Atlanta Hawks head coach
Succeeded by


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