Bobby Woollum will blend work, family and basketball coaching

By Jennifer L. Williams, jwilliams@vagazette.com

The Virginia Gazette

12:05 PM EDT, August 11, 2014


WILLIAMSBURG—Bobby Woollum found a way to make coaching high school basketball fit with his schedule.

"It took a few years to figure out that it could," he said.

Woollum, the son of former William and Mary men's basketball coach Charlie Woollum, was confirmed as the new boys basketball coach at Lafayette High School this past week.

Bobby Woollum, 48, has had a long and sporadic career in coaching that has ranged from Division I basketball to AAU. He has only done the latter since leaving his job as an assistant at Western Carolina in 2008.

"I did the Division I coaching thing for 16 years and had enough," Woollum said.

He has worked ever since as a sales representative for Russell Athletic, and said that job allows him to control his work schedule.

"So instead of going home after work and sitting on the couch, I'll go coach basketball," Woollum said.

He and wife Kathy have two teenage sons at Lafayette, whom their father coached as part of his work with the Virginia Venom AAU team. He plans to continue with Venom in the off-season.

Woollum served as an assistant coach at Western Carolina from 2005 to 2008, and under his father at William and Mary from 1994-2000, as well as at George Mason for the 1992-93 season. He also worked as an assistant coach at Saint Stephen's/Saint Agnes High School in Alexandria in 1990-91 and his alma mater Bucknell 1989-90 where he played for Charlie.

Woollum becomes Lafayette's fourth new coach in four seasons, replacing Dan Downs.

He said he'd like to bring some continuity to the program, and plans to stay around a while.

"I think my objective is to help Lafayette build a respectable program," Woollum said. "They've had turnover so much, they've never really built a program. My objective is to build a program with kids on JV realizing what it will be like when they get to Lafayette.

"Sort of the way football is right now. The middle schoolers know when they go to Lafayette, this the way it's going to be."

Williams can be reached by phone at 757-247-4644.