Woods tabbed as head coach for Pittsburg High School boys basketball
Jordan Woods has served as an assistant for 9 years at PHS.
PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg High School has tabbed Jordan Woods as its next boys basketball head coach.
“I was really really excited and pumped up,” Woods says about finding out the news, “I couldn’t wait to tell the kids.”
“It’s a pretty good pick. That’s the best choice, I feel like,” says Pittsburg All-State guard Javon Grant, who will be a senior next season, “Most of the time he and I are arguing because he’s just always on me, but that’s why I like coach Woods.”
Woods has spent the last 9 years as an assistant under former head coach Kiley Roelfs.
Roelfs resigned last month after 21 years leading the program.
“He taught me a lot,” Woods says of Roelfs, “Not just about the game of basketball, but how to teach people to become good young men. The game of basketball is a good tool for that.”
“Coach Woods checks all the boxes when it comes to a basketball coach,” Roelfs says of his successor, “Probably the biggest thing that’s always caught my attention with him is just how quickly he’s developed strong relationships with our students and student athletes, and just people in general.”
Woods is a southeast Kansas kid. He actually played for Pittsburg’s rival Fort Scott growing up.
After coaching against the Tigers as an assistant, he’s gotten used to trying to beat his alma-mater.
“At first it was mixed emotions,” Woods says of facing his former school, “After that, my competitive nature just took over and I obviously just wanted to win the game.”
Woods will now begin to put his stamp on the Pittsburg program.
He says that’s going to include hard work, but also a lot of fun.
“You’re going to see us having a lot of fun,” Woods says, “We’re going to make sure we’re having fun and playing hard. We want to do things the right way and represent our community the right way.”