Middle Tennessee Women’s Basketball 82
MIDDLE TENNESSEE ’72
Travis Woods begins his fourth season with the Middle Tennessee athletic communications staff in 2011-12 after joining the Blue Raider family in November 2008. His primary sport responsibilities within the department include women’s basketball, soccer and women’s tennis, along with serving as the secondary contact for the Middle Tennessee football team. Woods serves as the liason between the Blue Raider coaches and players and the print and electronic media who cover the team throughout the season. He also oversees home statistics, photography, publications, press releases and website material pertaining to the teams with whom he directly works. Woods also assists with the other 14 varsity sports. Woods came to Middle Tennessee after spending five years and three months at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., as the assistant athletic media relations director. He worked with all 18 sports at Wofford, primarily handling duties with women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf and rifle. Woods also assisted at the Carolina Panthers Training Camp held on the collegiate campus each fall. Prior to joining Wofford, he served a 10-month internship in sports information at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Woods also has internship experience assisting the research department with Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and volunteer experience at four NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournaments, including the 2008 Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds in Charlotte, N.C. He also has assisted television broadcasts for a variety of networks, including ESPN, ESPN2, CBS, ABC, CSS, FSN South, SportSouth and FSN Southwest. Woods served as a co-official scorer at the 1999 and 2000 NCAA Men’s College Cup in Charlotte, N.C. Throughout his career, he has successfully promoted numerous academic award winners and all-conference performers, eight All-Americans, six conference players of the year, four conference coaches of the year and three conference freshmen of the year. He began his duties in athletic communications as a media relations student assistant his freshman year at UNC Charlotte in 1997. He graduated from Charlotte in 2002 with a bachelor of arts degree in history. In his spare time, the Boardman, Ohio, native enjoys attending various sporting events, listening to live music, hanging out with friends and going to movies. Woods is a member of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) and the USBWA (United States Basketball Writers Association). Woods’ brother-in-law, Dwight Stone, was a two-year letterwinner for the MT football team in the mid-1980s before embarking on a 14-year career in the NFL. He is a member of the Blue Raider Hall of Fame.
Linda Williams is an MT alumna in her second year as an administrative assistant after a career in trucking administration. She assists women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, and athletic communications. A native Nashvillian, Linda and her husband, Jimmy, director of transportation for Bedford County Schools, and former coach and AD at Shelbyville Central, have lived in Shelbyville for 32 years. Jimmy is a former Blue Raider football team member. Son Matt is married to Shannon and coaches football at Smyrna High. Son Mark is married to Stephanie and coaches football at Gallatin High. Williams has four grandchildren: Kellar, Neely, Breck and Kylie.
B.E. PALMER FOURTH SEASON TEAM CHAPLAIN MIDDLE TENNESSEE ’65
women's basketball, media guide