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John Woods
John Woods
Sport: Wrestling
Inducted: 2009

John Woods wrestled at Cal Poly from 1964 to 1969. As a senior he captured the NCAA Division II title at 167 pounds and went on to finish second at the NCAA Division I National Championships. He was a Division II national runner-up in 1968, thus earning three NCAA All-America honors.

Woods was a team captain in 1969, selected to the NCAA East/West All-Star Team in 1969 and led Cal Poly to NCAA Division II team championships in both 1968 and 1969.

Woods was 34-6-4 in dual meets as a Mustang with five falls. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education at Cal Poly in 1969 and a master’s degree in education, also at Cal Poly, in 1970.

Woods went on to coach wrestling, first for two seasons (1970-72) at Orange Glen High School followed by 16 seasons (1973-88) at Palomar College. He guided Orange Glen to a 45-9-2 record in two years, a pair of league titles and a CIF-San Diego Section runner-up finish. At Palomar, Woods coached the Comets to a 179-19-3 record and six California Community College state championships.

Woods was director of athletics at Palomar College from 1986-2007 and currently is commissioner of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. He was named California Community College Athletic Director of the Year in 2004.

Woods earned state coach of the year honors four times and NCAA Community College Coach of the Year honors four times as well. He coached over 50 community college All-Americans, including 11 state champions.

Woods is a 1964 graduate of Redwood High School in Visalia, earning first-team all-Central Yosemite League honors in football and wrestling, winning two CYL titles in wrestling and posting a 63-8 record in wrestling with a CIF-Central Section championship.

He was inducted into the Redwood High School Hall of Fame in 1974, the NCAA College Division Hall of Fame in 1998, the NCAA Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1999 and the California chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2000.

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