Head Diving Coach
Fred Woodruff, who has enjoyed a decorated coaching career for more than three decades, serves as head diving coach and co-head coach of the Rutgers swimming & diving program. Woodruff has collected a number of awards during his 25 years with the program, including 2008 BIG EAST Women's Diving Coach of the Year accolades.
Under the guidance of Woodruff in 2016-17, RU sent three divers to the NCAA Championships, the most competitors for the program since Woodruff started at the University in 1993. There, Alyssa Black produced her second consecutive honorable mention All-America finish in the 3-meter dive.
Addison Walkowiak also enjoyed a banner year in 2016-17, resetting her school records in both the 1-meter (325.35) and 3-meter (362.10) dives. Walkowiak finished within the top eight in the 1-meter (6th), 3-meter (6th) and platform (8th) dives at the 2017 Big Ten Championships, and placed first in the 1-meter dive at the Zone A Championships in Christiansburg, Virginia.
With the help of Woodruff, Rutgers experienced success during the 2015-16 campaign. Two Scarlet Knights, Black and Walkowiak, qualified for the 2016 NCAA Championships, where Black finished as a Honorable Mention All-American in the 3-meter dive. It was the first time a RU diver earned All-America status since 2014. Black also qualified for the U.S. Senior National Team in the 3-meter dive at the USA Zone A meet during summer action.
Walkowiak was another athlete to shine under the tutelage of Woodruff in 2015-16. At the Big Ten Championships, Walkowiak registered two top-eight finishes for the Scarlet Knights, including a sixth-place mark in the 3-meter diver and an eighth-place result in platform diving. During the regular season, Walkowiak set school records in the 1-meter dive (321.80), 3-meter dive (348.55) and the 3-meter championship dive (324.80). The Big Ten recognized Walkowiak’s success, awarding her conference diver of the week accolades.
Rutgers’s divers succeeded during the program’s first season as a member of the Big Ten Conference in 2014-15. Walkowiak qualified for the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, where she performed in the 1-meter and platform events. The rookie set two school records, registering a 305.25 mark in the 1-meter dive at the Big Ten Championships and a 304.70 total at the Frank Elm Invite.
In 2014, Woodruff guided then-senior Nicole Scott through a tremendous final season "On the Banks." Scott started the season strong when she reset the school record in the 3-meter dive notching 342.95 points in early November. She went to break the platform diving with 295.10 points at the Frank Elm Invitational.
Scott concluded the season by finishing 16th overall in the platform event at the NCAA Championships. She earned Honorable Mention All-America Honors for her performance. In doing so, she became the second Scarlet Knight under Woodruff to earn All-America status since Shayna Longacre was also named an Honorable Mention All-American in 2008.
During the 2013-14 season, Woodruff mentored Scott, who clinched a gold medal at the BIG EAST Championships after tallying 273.25 points in the platform finals. Scott's mark would set a new Scarlet Knights record in the event. Teammate Nicole Honey also had an impressive finish at the championships, as she finished fourth with 209.10 points.
Scott went go on to win silver at the Zone A Diving Championships and compete in the NCAA Division I Women's National Diving Championships.
In 2012, Woodruff's divers enjoyed a very successful season with four girls scoring at the BIG EAST Championships, including a finalist and two consolation finalists on both one- and three-meter springboards. Woodruff completed the 2012 season with a three-meter finalist and the runner-up on platform at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships. Woodruff guided senior Jen Betz to an NCAA Championship berth after placing second at the 2011 Zone A Diving Championship. His team produced two finalists and three consolation finalists at the BIG EAST Championships, led by Betz who captured third on the three-meter springboard.
In 2009-10, Woodruff led Erin Saunders to new school records in both the one- and three-meter events and top five finishes in the Zone A championships. In 2008, Woodruff led Saunders to the one-meter diving title at the BIG EAST Championships en route to being named the league's Diving Coach of the Year.
A former diver and coach at Lehigh University, Woodruff has been coaching YMCA and USD age-group diving for 35 years. In 1983, Woodruff formed the Lords of the Boards Diving Team at the Somerset Valley YMCA in Bridgewater, N.J. By the summer of 1985, his divers were competing on the national level. He has produced 126 YMCA All-Americans, including eight national champions. His LOB divers have made their mark on the Junior Olympic level as well, with 52 Region I champions, nine East National champions and 54 Junior National qualifiers, including 25 finalists and the 2006 USD Junior National 13/u Champion on both one- and three-meter boards. The two-time Region I Coach of the Year has also produced sixteen NJSIAA high school state champions and fourteen All Americans.
He served as Junior Olympic Chairman of the New Jersey Association of U.S.A. Diving for seven years and as Region I Chairman from 1997 until 1999. He is currently serving as treasurer of the New Jersey Association.
In 1991, Woodruff was named the diving coach at Seton Hall University. That season, SHU had its first consolation finalist in diving at the BIG EAST Championships. The following year, he produced SHU's first finalist in one-meter, three-meter, and platform, and qualified two divers for the NCAA Zone Championships.
Woodruff joined the Scarlet Knight coaching staff in the fall of 1993. In his first season, he had two diving finalists at the 1994 Atlantic-10 Championships. A year later, RU divers dominated the 1995 A-10 Championships, earning both the men's and women's A-10 Diver of the Year awards. Following the A-10 Championships, his male A-10 Diver of the Year earned the same award at the ECAC Championships. Woodruff was named the 1995 ECAC Coach of the Year.
Since its entrance into the BIG EAST Conference in 1995, Rutgers has had 34 finalists and 25 consolation finalists on one-meter, three-meter, and platform at the BIG EAST Championships. Each season, Woodruff has qualified divers for the NCAA Zone Championships.