NEW YORK - Chris Woods, former defensive line coach/special teams coordinator at Bryant University, has been named Columbia's defensive coordinator. Woods will also serve as the defensive line coach.
Woods had three successful seasons at Bryant. Before finishing 7-4 in 2010, Woods led a Bryant defense that was ranked first in the Northeast Conference in scoring defense with 17.3 points allowed per game and finished the season ranked second in both passing defense (141.5 yards allowed) and total defense (287.4 ypg) in 2009.
In his first season at Bryant, the Bulldogs finished the year nationally ranked in several defensive categories, including rushing defense (16th - 100.82 yards per game) and sacks (tied for 15th wtih 2.64 sacks per game).
No stranger to the Ivy League, Woods was an assistant at Harvard University in 2007, coaching the Crimson's special teams and linebackers.
A veteran collegiate coach, Woods was the head coach at Stonehill College for three seasons where he recruited the school's three largest classes and guided the program to its best record since the formation of the league in 2004.
Columbia's spring game is scheduled for Friday, April 22, at 7 p.m. The Lions open up the 2011 season at Fordham.