Tracy Woodson’s baseball career has taken him from coast-to-coast, but on July 23, 2013, baseball brought him home. A Richmond native, Woodson was introduced as the Spiders eighth head baseball coach in its 100-plus year history.
During his ten-year career in college baseball, Woodson has coached 35 All-Conference players, three All-Americans, 20 All-Academic honoress, one conference player of the year, two conference pitchers of the year and three NCAA Regional All-Tournament selections.
Additionally, he has seen nine players selected in the Major League Draft. Five players from his time at Valparaiso were selected including Kyle Gaedele, who became the Crusaders’ highest draft pick ever after being selected in the sixth round by the San Diego Padres in 2011. Since taking over the Spiders program, Woodson has seen Matt Dacey (21st round by the Tampa Bay Rays), Tanner Stanley (36th round by the Kansas City Royals), Tyler Beckwith (17th round by the Washington Nationals) and Keenan Bartlett (31st round by the San Francisco Giants) be selected in the MLB Draft.
Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach
R.J. Thomas joined the Spider Baseball program in the summer of 2017 as Richmond’s pitching coach.
Thomas comes to Richmond following a five-year stint as the head coach at Southwestern State in Georgetown, Texas. During his time at the helm, the Pirates played in three-straight Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournaments, and advanced to the finals in 2016. In addition, he’s had 15 All-SCAC honorees, including the 2015 SCAC Player of the Year.
Prior to his time at Southwestern State, Thomas was tasked with reviving the Hendrix College baseball program. His tenure was highlighted by a 2009 SCAC Tournament Championship and also was named the SCAC Coach of the Year.
Nate Mulberg was elevated to assistant coach in July 2017 after spending the previous season as the Spiders’ volunteer assistant.
In his first season with the Spiders he served as the volunteer assistant and worked with the catchers, infielders and hitters. In addition, he spearheaded the team’s partnership with Go4theGoal, a non-profit with a mission to improve the lives of children battling cancer.
Prior to joining Richmond, Mulberg completed stints at Bucknell (2016) and Franklin and Marshall (2015-16).
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Collin Radack joins the Spiders after three seasons in the minors, and spent last spring at his alma mater, Hendrix.An All-American outfielder, Radack was drafted in the 20th Round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He played in 203 games during his minor league career before retiring to start his coaching career.
While a player at Hendrix, Radack ended his career with school records in games played, starts, at bats, runs, hits, triples, intentional walks, stolen bases and fielding percentage. He is also tied for first in total bases, second in doubles and hit by pitch, third in average, fourth in on base percentage and stolen base percentage and fifth in RBI.
Radack, who is also active with Athletes in Action Sports Ministry, graduated from Hendrix in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in business and economics.