Justin Woodberry hired as Riverside HS (Greenville SC) as boys basketballcoach

Justin Woodberry ('06 T Co.) addresses a gathering in the Riverside High gymnasium Monday after being introduced as the school’s new boys basketball coach.(Photo: BOB CASTELLO / Staff)

Justin Woodberry (’06 T Co.) addresses a gathering in the Riverside High gymnasium Monday after being introduced as the school’s new boys basketball coach.(Photo: BOB CASTELLO / Staff)

by: Bob Castello

The Greenville News June 1,2015

GREER – Justin Woodberry had been texting and talking on the phone with Riverside High School athletic director Murray Long, leading up to the big moment.
But by early Monday afternoon, Woodberry was having trouble coming to grips with the fact that Long had just introduced him as the Warriors’ new boys basketball coach.

“I’m still trying to believe this is really happening,” Woodberry said, “because it is such a big stage, and it is such a great opportunity.” Woodberry, 31, an assistant at Mullins High School for six seasons, replaces Greg Miller, who resigned after two seasons to become the head coach at Greer High. Woodberry, a 2001 Mullins graduate, helped his alma mater advance to three Class AA Lower State championship games and one state final.

Long said in going through the interview process, “One guy kept rising to the top.” “The categories we were looking for were the academics, the athletics, the character — all of that stuff rolled into one, and we really feel like we’ve found the best fit for our school,” Long said.Upon graduating from Mullins, Woodberry earned a football scholarship to The Citadel. He later spent six years serving in the National Guard.

“One thing I’ve taken from my coaches from my time in high school and in college is the work ethic that you put in,” Woodberry said. “I learned their work ethic, and learning that from them helped me to be successful. Even in high school, I knew that I wanted to impact the lives of young men because of the impact that my coaches have had on me.” Woodberry also served as an assistant football coach at Mullins for seven seasons, and he said he will help as an offensive assistant in football at Riverside. He is certified for special education, and he said he will serve as a resource teacher.

“The past couple years they’ve been building,” Woodberry said. “The success has been growing. It’s a great school. It’s in a great area. I got a chance to meet a couple of the kids, and I talked with the coaches about the kids. They seem like great kids. “The academic standards here are just top-notch. It’s just a great opportunity to be able to lead young men that hold themsevles to that standard, where they’re able to compete academically and athletically.

See Justin’s first interview here: ( you may have to copy & paste)

Video link

http://www.greenvilleonline.com/videos/sports/high-school/2015/06/02/28325391/

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