The Gunston School’s Diversity Leadership Speaker Series virtually presents its third guest, Chazz Woodson on February 24. Mr. Woodson, a former Major League Lacrosse (MLL) standout, joined Hampton University (HU) in July of 2020 as the new head coach of the men’s lacrosse team, the Pirates. In 2016, HU made history as the first school among Historically Black Colleges and Universities to field a men’s NCAA Division I lacrosse team, and have recently just announced that the lacrosse team will join the Southern Conference as an associate member in men’s lacrosse beginning July 1, 2021.
Gunston students and faculty will have the opportunity to hear about Woodson’s story followed by breakout sessions with students who are interested in college athletics, and a second breakout with the boys’ lacrosse team.
Mr. Woodson graduated from Brown University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in educational studies. While at Brown, he was a two-time All-Ivy League, All-New England and team Offensive MVP, scoring 71 goals in 54 games and was named to the Brown University All Decade team for 2000-2009. He went on to be recognized as one of the most exciting players in the game after a highly successful professional career, being selected 19th overall in the 2005 MLL Collegiate Draft by Long Island.
Before joining HU, Mr. Woodson served as the program director and head boys varsity coach at the Ransom Everglades School in Fla., where 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.
He currently serves as an At-Large Board Member for U.S. Lacrosse and is 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.