Nick Woodruff made Revolution II history this January when he became the first Academy graduate to sign with the club’s second team, and one of the team’s first four signees overall. The Attleboro, Mass., native advanced from the club’s youth ranks play three seasons at Michigan State, but has returned to his home state to launch his professional career in USL League One. Already renowned for his stalwart defending, let’s learn more about Revs II homegrown:
1. Academy Standout
Woodruff joined the Revolution Academy at the age of 14 and played in 118 games across all age levels from 2012-17. He even trained with the Revolution U-23 team before heading off to college at Michigan State. His career highlights include seven goals and three assists during the 2014-15 season, earning him the Academy’s Minute Man of the Year Award for his consistency. During his Academy days, Woodruff participated in three U.S. Soccer training centers.
2. College Days
Woodruff spent two of his three seasons at Michigan State as a full-time starter along the Spartans’ back line. He totaled 27 appearances, including 24 starts during his college career, and was part of the squad that made a run to the Final Four of the 2018 NCAA College Cup alongside Revolution first team defender DeJuan Jones. Woodruff’s personal favorite moment from his college soccer career came on August 31, 2018, when he scored his only collegiate goal against Canisius.
3. Back Home
Following the 2019 college soccer season, the graduate of Attleboro’s Bishop Feehan High School returned home to Massachusetts to sign with Revolution II. When presented with the opportunity to be a part of the club’s new second team project, working with the club’s elite technical staff and training in the brand-new Revolution Training Center, Woodruff called the decision a “no-brainer” and a “life-long dream” come true.
4. A Natural Athlete
Soccer isn’t the only sport Woodruff grew up playing. He also played basketball, baseball, and even futsal until entering high school. Woodruff’s final baseball game came with his AAU team, the Rhode Island Rays, at the U-13 National Championships in Florida where he helped his team to a 61-2 record and a New England Championship.
Here are some other fun facts about Nick:
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cotton Candy
Favorite TV Show: Dexter
Favorite Movie: Batman Trilogy
If you could have dinner with any celebrity who would it be: Drake
Animal you identify with the most: Leopard
If a movie was made about you, which actor would you choose to play yourself: Mark Wahlberg
If you could instantly become an expert in something, what would it be: Anything in medicine