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HAMPTON, Va. Former Major League Lacrosse standout and Hampton Roads native Chazz Woodson is the new Hampton University head men’s lacrosse coach.

“It is my extreme pleasure to welcome Mr. Chazz Woodson to the Hampton University family,” said Director of Athletics Eugene Marshall, Jr in a release announcing Woodson's hiring. “He comes highly recommended and with an impeccable background in lacrosse. I am looking forward to seeing him with his team this year.”ham chazz woodsonWoodson

Woodson joins the Pirates after serving as the Program Director and Head Boys Varsity Coach at the Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, Fla. He recruited and managed the coaching staffs of two middle school and two high school teams, along with practice and game planning for the varsity team.

Woodson had a stellar career at Brown University where he graduated in 2005 with a B.A. degree in Educational Studies with a focus on Human Development. While at Brown, he scored 71 goals in 54 games, as he was a two-time All-Ivy League, All-New England and team Offensive MVP. He was named to the Brown University All-Decade team for 2000-2009.

He had a lengthy professional career after being selected 19th overall in the 2005 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft by Long Island. He had stops in Long Island, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Chesapeake and Florida with the MLL. Throughout his 10-year career, he was recognized as one of the most exciting players in the game.

Off the field, Woodson is well entrenched in the Lacrosse community as he is an At-Large Board Member for U.S. Lacrosse. He is an owner and director for Sankofa Lacrosse Foundation which is focused on supporting efforts to expand the reach of the game, particularly in economically challenged areas.

Woodson grew up in Norfolk, Va. and attended Norfolk Academy until 2000 when he played his senior year at the Blue Ridge School in Charlottesville.

“It's an exciting new challenge for me," said Woodson about his first collegiate coaching job. But coaching is fundamentally about building and maintaining relationships. That holds true no matter what sport or what level, and it's not new to me at all. So, I'm looking forward to getting started, he said.

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