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Head coach Mike Woods is in his 23rd year as the mentor for the men's and women's cross country teams at SUNY Geneseo. One of the nation’s most decorated distance coaches, Woods has coached numerous national champions and All-Americans during his tenure with the Knights, while having been a part of 48 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championships, and garnering a total of 27 SUNYAC Coach of the Year honors.
Woods led the 2005 women’s cross country team to the first team national championship in institution history, and was named the NCAA Division III Women’s Coach of the Year for his efforts. Since taking over the program at his alma mater in 1992, he has also guided 20 runners (12 women, 8 men) to 28 All-America citations, including national runner-up Liz Montgomery in 2007 and three-time All-America Jeff Beck ’05. Heading into the 2014 season, the Knights women will be in the running for their 16th-consecutive and 20th overall appearance in the NCAA Championship race, while the men look to make their 11th-straight (12th overall) showing. Geneseo currently holds the nation's longest streak for having both its men's and women's teams qualify for the NCAA Championships. The women notched a fifth-place effort in 2007, while the men have run to top-10 finishes in four of the last six years, including a fourth-place showing in 2011. Woods has been voted the Atlantic Region Coach of the Year five times (three women, two men).
A 21-time SUNYAC Cross Country Coach of the Year (11 women, 10 men), he has guided 23 SUNYAC Championship teams (13 women, 11 men), while 14 of his Knights (ninewomen, five men) have run to 19 SUNYAC individual Championships and 64 of his runners (33 women, 30 men) have been inducted into the SUNYAC Cross Country Hall of Fame. Under his tutelage, the women won an unprecedented 11-straight SUNYAC titles from 2000-’09, and will be in the hunt for their fourth-straight championship in 2014, while the men, who won a string of six from 2000-’06, will be running for a fifth title in the last six years.
Woods also served as the head coach for the Geneseo track & field programs for 12 years until 2004, when he started focusing solely on the distance runners as an assistant coach. As head coach, he the led the Knights to seven indoor titles (three men, four women), along with four outdoor championships (3 women, 1 men).
Five Knights have been crowned individual national champions under Woods’ watch, most recently Alyssa Smith who won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 2013. Seven-time All-American Beth Shope ’99 won the institution’s first ever national championship, bringing home the hammer throw title in 1999, before a 2003 year that saw Kim DePrez ’03 sweep the indoor and outdoor high jump titles, and Melissa White ’03 take top-honors in the indoor 5,000-meter run.
All told, a total of 51 track & field/cross country competitors (31 women, 20 men) have combined for 124 All-America certificates (82 women, 42 men) since Woods has been a part of the team. He has also been part of 26 women’s and 22 men’s SUNYAC Championships. During the 2002-‘03 academic year, Woods led Geneseo to an unprecedented sweep of all six SUNYAC titles in cross country and track & field, before also helping the Knights repeat the feat three years later in 2005-’06.
Prior to coming aboard at Geneseo, Woods taught English at nearby York Central High School. He also coached boys and girls cross country teams for 21 years, compiling a dual meet record of 219-24, as well as the track and field teams for 20 years, running up a dual-meet mark of 208-36.
Woods earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary English from Geneseo in 1969, as well as a master’s degree in English in 1978.
The Mike Woods File
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Note: Above records listed women's/men's
Bold - SUNYAC Coach Of The Year