New Indiana men’s basketball coach Mike Woodson was introduced as the 30th head coach in program’s history Monday morning during a Zoom teleconference, alongside first-year athletic director Scott Dolson.
Here’s what was said:
“Mike Woodson is 100% the head coach,” Dolson said when detailing Thad Matta’s role.
“The partnership with Thad really came about after my first meeting with coach Woodson... how to bridge the past with the future. (Mike’s)s a collaborator. He said, ‘Scott, you and I will be joined at the hip. This needs to be a unified effort.’”
Woodson opened his remarks with thanking his former coach Bob Knight:
“He taught me how to be a man, on and off the floor. And that was huge for me coming out of the inner city of Indianapolis. I pay tribute to coach Knight in the utmost way because Indiana basketball will always be Bob Knight, will always be. It was great that he came back in February a year ago, and all the ex-players that surrounded him and fans, it was a beautiful thing.. for me this is a complete circle. I’ve done pretty much everything I wanted to do in basketball...”
“I was just trying to get an education, which I promised my mother and my sisters and brothers, and got that, and was able to be drafted into the NBA and fortunate enough to play 11 years. It all worked hand in hand... I got into this crazy game of coaching. I have a lot of people to thank for that, Cotton Fitzsimmons... was the guy who summoned me to come to Phoenix and start coaching...
“It’s been a nice run in the NBA, but to be able to circle back and come back home and coach Indiana University basketball means a great deal to me. It’s never been about me as a person. I do what I do because I’ve got a beautiful wife and great daughters who allow me to do what I do... They are the rock that I stand on.”
“This is amazing, I never dreamt that this would happen to me, but I’m here... I said I wasn’t gonna get sensitive, but boy, this is a great day for Mike Woodson and his family.”
“I’m going to bring all the old-timers back and we’re going to bridge the gap between old and new. At the end of the day, it’s about two things: our fans and our basketball program and players... I spoke to the guys last night and I think they understand who coach Woodson is, because i told them early on this program is going to be about family.
Being about family there are a lot of things that come with that. They are looking to me get them where they want to go, and I’m looking at them to get Indiana basketball where it needs to go.”