Woodyard resigns as Turner Ashy boys basketball head coach

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BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- Marquis Woodyard has resigned as the boys basketball head coach at Turner Ashby.

Woodyard, a former football player at James Madison and junior varsity basketball head coach at Harrisonburg High School, led the Knights for just one season. He has accepted a position working at the United States Basketball Academy in China, starting in June.

"The toughest thing for me is leaving the TA community," said Woodyard in a phone interview with WHSV Monday evening.

Woodyard, who also served as an assistant coach for TA's football program, will now have the opportunity to teach the sport of basketball overseas. His responsibilities at the USBA in China will include running camps and introducing the game to kids ranging in age from elementary school to high school.

In Woodyard's lone season as TA head coach, the Knights went 4-17 overall.

"I was prepared to be a head coach," said Woodyard. "The biggest challenge for me was getting the kids to have a mindset of winning."

Despite a low win total in his only season on the sideline, the TA administration was happy with Woodyard's performance as head coach.

"Marquis brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the (Turner Ashby) program," said TA activities director Will Crockett via phone interview Monday afternoon. "We were excited about where he was the taking the program but we are also excited for him and his future."

The search is already underway to find TA's next boys basketball head coach. As for Woodyard, he is not ruling out the possibility of a return to the Shenandoah Valley in the future.

"I would definitely come back to the Valley to continue my coaching career," said Woodyard.