Tyler Wooldridge has lived a life of sports everywhere he goes. From his high school days he was coached by his dad to one day coach against his dad on the collegiate level. In basketball there are life lessons to be learned and that is what drives him everyday . Born in Bakersfield, Cali Wooldridge always loved basketball. When he graduated high school he went to play at Andrews University in Berrien Springs Mich. After three seasons, he transferred to Southwestern Adventist University and played his final season as a Knight.
After graduation Wooldridge jumped into coaching as the assistant to the men's basketball team before taking the position of head coach in 2017. He is going into his fifth season as head coach and Athletic Director as well. His dad is the head coach at Andrews University and going against him as coaches is to this day one of his most memorable moments of his life despite losing to his dad both times.
When asked what he likes to instill in his players, Wooldridge said “All life lessons can be learned through the game of basketball. Lessons like discipline, punctuality, responsibility are things they can use both on and off the court”. His outlook for basketball at SWAU this year is bright. There are nine new recruits across the women's and men's programs. As athletic director honesty has become a focal point as he recruits athletes to SWAU. He is also very cognizant that sports at SWAU are also a ministry and learning to be a helping hand. Instilling life lessons in his athletes means as much as winning ball games.