EDIT: UNC has been able to retain Robert Woodard, following a revised offer
Aaron Fitt of D1Baseball.com announced Monday that the Texas Rangers are hiring UNC pitching coach Robert Woodard to be their Minor League pitching coordinator.
I hear the @Rangers are hiring #UNC pitching coach Robert Woodard to be minor league pitching coordinator, the latest bright mind from the college coaching world heading to pro ball (like Derek Johnson, Wes Johnson). Woodard is one of college baseball's real forward thinkers.
— Aaron Fitt (@aaronfitt) December 10, 2018
Woodard has spent the last two seasons in charge of the Tar Heel pitching staff, with the team going 93-34 during that time and qualifying for the 2018 College World Series.
In addition to his work with the pitchers, Woodard worked with statistics and economics major Micah Daley-Harris to put together a student-driven data and analytics department–one of the first used across the nation in college baseball.
When he pitched for UNC himself from 2004 to 2007, Woodard posted a 34-5 record and went 22-0 at Boshamer Stadium. He has also served three-year stints as pitching coach at both UNCW and Virginia Tech.
Woodard is expected to work alongside the Rangers’ current minor league pitching coordinator, Danny Clark, in his new role.
Photo via UNC Athletics