Mike Woods
Mike Woods
Title: Volunteer Assistant Coach

Former head coach Mike Woods retired following the 2014-15 academic year following a 23-year career with the men's and women's cross country teams at SUNY Geneseo. One of the nation’s most decorated distance coaches, Woods coached numerous national champions and All-Americans during his tenure with the Knights, while having been a part of 52 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championships, and garnering a total of 28 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 21 runners (13 women, 8 men) to 29 All-America citations, including national runner-up Liz Montgomery in 2007 and three-time All-America Jeff Beck ’05.

In 2014, the Knights women clinched their 16th-consecutive and 20th overall appearance in the NCAA Championship race, while the men made their 12th-straight (12th overall) showing. Geneseo extended the nation's longest streak to 12 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 22-time SUNYAC Cross Country Coach of the Year (12 women, 10 men), he has guided 26 SUNYAC Championship teams (14 women, 12 men), while 15 of his Knights (10 women, five men) have run to 20 SUNYAC individual Championships and 67 of his runners (36 women, 31 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 won their fourth-straight championship in 2014, while the men, who won a string of six from 2000-’06, won their fifth title in the last six years in this season.

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 nine indoor titles (four men, five women), along with five outdoor championships (four women, one 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 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 in 2003.

All told, 53 track & field/cross country competitors (33 women, 20 men) have combined for 126 All-America certificates (84 women, 42 men) since Woods has been a part of the team. He has also been a head coach for 40 SUNYAC Championships (23 women, 17 men), along with 12 more as an assistant coach. 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

Season Cross Country Cross Country Indoor T&F Outdoor T&F


2nd/4th -/- 2nd/4th 3rd/4th
1993-94 2nd/1st 7th/- 1st/2nd 2nd/5th
1994-95 2nd/2nd 9th/- 2nd/3rd 2nd/7th


2nd/2nd 15th/- 1st/4th 1st/6th
1996-97 2nd/4th 21st/- 5th/5th 5th/7th
1997-98 3rd/5th -/- 2nd/5th 2nd/6th
1998-99 3rd/4th -/- 3rd/5th 4th/6th
1999-00 T2nd/3rd 16th/- 2nd/3rd 3rd/4th
2000-01 1st/1st 8th/- 2nd/1st 2nd/2nd
2001-02 1st/1st 18th/- 2nd/1st 2nd/2nd
2002-03 1st/1st 15th/- 1st/1st 1st/1st
2003-04 1st/1st 22nd/7th 1st/2nd 1st/2nd
2004-05  1st/1st 13th/10th 1st/1st 1st/2nd
2005-06 1st/1st 1st/20th 1st/1st 1st/1st
2006-07 1st/2nd 9th/14th 2nd/2nd 2nd/2nd
2007-08 1st/2nd 5th/22nd 2nd/3rd 1st/4th
2008-09 1st/2nd 11th/8th 3rd/2nd 3rd/1st
2009-10 1st/1st 9th/6th 2nd/1st 1st/1st
2010-11 2nd/1st 12th/7th 2nd/2nd 3rd/1st
2011-12 1st/1st 12th/4th 3rd/1st 2nd/2nd
2012-13 1st/1st 26th/18th 2nd/5th 4th/5th
2013-14 1st/2nd 16th/15th 3rd/4th 5th/5th
2014-15 1st/1st  5th/27th  2nd/5th  1st/4th


Note: Above records listed women's/men's

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