July 27, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola College Athletic Director Joe Boylan has named Rick Woods Director of Cross Country and Track and Julie Culley women's track coach. Woods, an assistant at Loyola for the past two seasons, takes over as head cross country coach for Chris Bayless, who resigned at the end of the 2004 outdoor track season. Culley will assist Woods in the fall and lead the track program in the spring.
"I really enjoyed my experience the last two years under Coach Bayless and look forward to continuing the success of Loyola cross country," says Woods. "I'm also looking forward to track and working with Julie [Culley] during both seasons."
Woods helped Loyola win the women's cross country MAAC Championship last season. He came to Loyola with Coach Bayless in 2002 and led the Greyhounds to the Cross Country-Only National Championship. Prior to his arrival at Evergreen, Woods coached alongside Bayless at Ann Arundel Community College and helped that program achieve Top-10 finishes at the Junior College national championship race.
"We're excited that Coach Woods has decided to become our Director of Cross Country and Track," says Boylan. "His knowledge of our student-athletes and longtime experience as coach will serve our program well."
A Harford County native, Woods ran cross country at Bel Air High School and later at Frostburg State College. At Frostburg, he earned four varsity letters in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track before graduating with a Health and Physical Education degree in 1977.
Culley comes from Rutgers where she graduated Cum Laude in 2004. While at Piscataway, she earned NJAIAW Women of the Year accolades in 2003 after being named an All-America in cross country. Culley was MVP of the track team at Rutgers in both 2002 and 2003 and earned cross country MVP accolades in 1999, 2000 and 2002.
A three-time Academic All-America, Culley served on the Rutgers Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for three years. She holds the Rutgers' school record in the 3,000- and 5,000-meter races as well as in the distance medley relay. Culley also qualified for the NCAA championships in both cross country and track and earned the Athletic Director's Excellence Award before graduation.
"Julie Culley was an excellent student-athlete at Rutgers," says Boylan. "She will bring a lot of enthusiasm and keep the track and cross country programs moving in the right direction."
Loyola's cross country teams compete in the fall while the women's track program, in its second year of existence, runs in the spring. Check www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com for complete team schedules when they become available.