The backstop for the Broadmoor High baseball field was dismantled not long after the 2014 season ended. New bleachers also are needed.
None of that bothers Mike Woods. The former two-sport Buccaneers star is happy to be home. Woods, a Southern University baseball star who played professionally for nine seasons, has been hired as Broadmoor’s baseball coach and also will be an assistant football coach.
“I guess you could say it’s a dream come true,” Woods said. “I think every guy thinks about coming back to coach where they played. I started thinking about coaching as soon as I stopped playing in 2010.
“It was about getting the opportunity. Last year I was at Capitol and was an assistant football coach. I was supposed to be the baseball coach, but we didn’t have enough kids.
“I know this is going to be a challenge. I’ve been in touch with some of the guys I played with, Trae Duncan and Ryan Theriot, and I know I’ll get their support. There’s a lot of work ahead of us.”
Broadmoor Principal Shalonda Simoneaux heard rumors about the school dropping baseball after the 2014 season. But she says that was never a consideration.
“We were looking for the right person, a Broadmoor person, and we have that in coach Woods,” Simoneaux said. “We needed someone who could come in and be a math teacher first. And he (Woods) fits that role. With that said, we know and he knows this won’t be easy. But we’re excited about having coach Woods with us.”
Simoneaux said her choice of Woods as the Bucs’ baseball coach follows the lead of Scotlandville, which hired former Baker and Southern baseball star Darren Clark in recent years to take over its program.
The 33-year-old Woods is a 1998 Broadmoor graduate and played football and baseball for the Bucs. He was part of BHS baseball team that featured Duncan, who played at LSU and Southern, along with Theriot, who went on from LSU to have a major league career that included stops with the Cubs, Dodgers, Cardinals and Giants.
Woods was drafted in the first round by the Detroit Tigers in 2001 and played five seasons in the Tigers organization. He played another four years with independent professional teams.
After teaching two years at Capitol Middle, Woods spent 2013-14 at Capitol High.
“There’s work to do on the facility,” Woods said. “I know last year there weren’t a lot of guys who played and most of the ones who did hadn’t played baseball before.”