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Rick Woods is entering his 12th season as the Head Cross Country Coach and Director of Track & Field at Loyola University Maryland.
During his tenure, Woods has coached one NCAA National Championship cross country participant, three All NCAA-Mid-Atlantic Regional finalists, 20 Patriot League Honor Roll honorees, one Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship squad, and two back-to-back Maryland State Championship Title teams.
In his inaugural season in the Patriot League, Woods led both the men's and women's cross country teams to ninth-place finishes at the Patriot League Championships in Easton, Pa. That same year, Kiera Harrison qualified for All-Region honors at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic, becoming the third student-athlete under Woods to garner such prestige.
One day later, Harrison earned the school's first ever at-large bid to the NCAA Cross Country Championships, where she placed 148th on the national stage.
To begin the 2012 season, the Loyola women's cross country team earned a No. 14 ranking in the Mid-Atlantic Region by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Woods led the women's team to a third-place finish at the MAAC Championships, while the men placed eighth. The women also went on to a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional. The best finish in Loyola programs history.
Both the men's and women's teams earned USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition for having cumulative grade-point averages of over 3.0. Also, 12 members of the team earned MAAC All-Academic honors.
The 2011 season saw the men and women compete well at the Navy Invitational and the, Penn State National meet. The men and women also ran the Great American Cross Country festival with a win on the women's side and the men taking third. Both the men's and women's team have been awarded NCAA All-Academic recognition for the past three seasons.
In 2003, Woods coached the women's squad to a MAAC conference win and a repeat title at the Maryland State Championships.
In year two, Woods guided the women to a runner-up finish at the MAAC Championships while mentoring Caitlin Dunne to an individual championship at the conference meet. Dunne and Andrea Rovegno also earned all-region honors with Top-15 showings at the Mid-Atlantic Regional meet in mid-November.
In his first season as the Greyhounds' leader, Woods guided the women's cross country team to a third-place finish at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships, while helping the men's squad to a fourth-place standing.
Woods arrived at Loyola in 2002 and helped lead the women's cross country squad to team titles at the Cross Country-Only National Championships and the Maryland State Collegiate Cross Country Championship, while helping the men's squad finish third at the Cross Country-Only National Championships.
Prior to Loyola, Woods was an assistant coach of the successful cross country team at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Md., and as the head indoor and outdoor track and field coach at South River High School for two seasons. Holding an NFHSA officials' certification, Woods also officiates at many high school and college events in cross country and track and field. He is also a member of the Maryland Officials Club, USA Track and Field and is a certified Level II USA Track and Field coach. A graduate of Bel Air High School in Harford County, Md., Woods led his team to numerous county championships.
His career continued at Frostburg State College in western Maryland and lettered in cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field. He graduated in 1977 with a degree in Health and Physical Education and went on to serve three years of active duty in the United States Army before pursuing a career in Nuclear Health Physics.
He is currently a member of the Annapolis Striders running club and continues to run and volunteer his assistance at a number of the Striders' annual road races. Away from Loyola, Woods is employed by Constellation Energy and is responsible for emergency preparedness program activities at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. He has been married to his wife, Jamie, for 35 years.