VALPARAISO | Valparaiso baseball coach Tracy Woodson is expected to be named to the same position at Richmond within the next several days.
Multiple sources close to the situation confirmed a report by the Richmond Times Dispatch on Wednesday morning that Woodson would leave Valparaiso for his native Richmond.
Both Woodson and Valparaiso director of athletics Mark LaBarbera were unable to comment on the report while messages left with the Richmond athletic department were not returned.
A formal announcement regarding Woodson’s hiring will be made once all paperwork is complete and Valparaiso will follow suit with an announcement.
Woodson arrived at Valparaiso in 2006 and helped turn around a program that managed just 17 wins in Paul Twenge’s final season. The Crusaders put forth their first winning record since 1999 in Woodson’s third year with the program.
The team experienced a breakthrough in 2012, winning both the Horizon League regular season title and the tournament championship in order to return to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 44 years.
The Crusaders went a step further this season, knocking off Florida in the NCAA tournament after winning the Horizon League tournament for a second straight year.
The win over the Gators was Valparaiso’s first NCAA regional victory since 1966.
Five players have been selected in the MLB Player Draft under Woodson, including 2011 sixth-rounder Kyle Gaedele.
Gaedele is the highest selection in school history and the outfielder remained committed to Woodson and the Crusaders even after getting drafted by Tampa Bay out of high school. Several other players recruited by Woodson have gone on to play professionally.
Woodson’s departure marks the first time a coach has left Valparaiso following a NCAA tournament berth since women’s tennis coach Tim Maluga resigned six months after leading the Crusaders to the postseason in 2006.