Football Coaching Staff

The Delaware State University graduate and former Hornet linebacker returned to his alma mater this summer as an assistant, in charge of the defensive safeties.

Prior to returning to DSU, Woods spent nearly four years on the staffs of the National Football League's Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals. 

During nearly three years with the Colts, he served as a defensive assistant, scouting assistant and administrative staffer under head coach Tony Dungy. Woods was in the press box conducting slide presentations for the coaching staff when the Colts defeated the Chicago Bears 29-17 in Super Bowl XLI on February 4, 2007 in Miami, Fla. He was presented with a championship ring by the team.  

In 2010, Woods was hired by the Cincinnati Bengals where he served under head coach Marvin Lewis. In addition to assisting with the linebackers and the strength and conditioning program, he prepared and conducted Power Point presentations for team meetings during the 2010 season.

In 2005, Woods enrolled in the Penn State University master's program and earned a graduate assistant position with the Nittany Lion football team under the late Joe Paterno. Woods assisted with the defensive line, special teams and strength and conditioning program when the Big Ten champion Lions capped off an 11-1 season with a 26-23 three-overtime victory over Florida State in the 2006 Orange Bowl. Penn State was No. 3 in the final Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls that season.

Following his graduation from DSU, Woods returned to his hometown of Virginia Beach where he served as an assistant coach at Landstown High School. The school compiled an overall record of 40-2 during his three-year tenure under head coach Chris Beatty, currently the co-offensive coordinator at the University of Illinois.

A former standout at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, Woods enrolled at Delaware State in 1999. He competed for three seasons with the Hornets. His best season was in 2000 when he was eighth on the team with 35 tackles to help lead the team to a 7-4 record, its first winning mark in five years.

While working with the Colts, Woods met Lauren Lake, an attorney, author, relationship expert and media personality. Lake has appeared on, among other popular television programs, The Dr. Phil Show, Regis & Kelly, CNN, Fox News, Headline News, MSNBC and Court TV.

The couple married in 2007. They have a two-year-old son, Carlos (C.J.), Jr.      

The NFL lockout forced Woods to leave the Bengals in 2011. He spent last year away from football to spend more time with his family and operate a sports training business in New York.

Woods holds a bachelor's in Education from Delaware State University and a master's in Sports Administration from Penn State University. 

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