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Rick Woods is in his tenth season as the Head Cross Country Coach and Director of Track & Field at Loyola University. Woods, who served two seasons as an assistant with the Greyhounds, has continually progressed the program in his time at the helm.
To begin the 2011 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), the highest preseason ranking in program history.
Woods led the women's team to a third-place finish at the MAAC Championships in 2010, while the men placed sixth. The women also went on to a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional.
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 2008 season saw the men and women compete well at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The men and women finished fourth in a very tough conference meet. At the NCAA Regional competition the women finished 17th and the men 18th. The men finished last season with a 7th place showing at the IC4A championships while the women finished a respectable 14th at the ECAC meet. 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 30 years.