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John Woods Named PCC Athletic Coordinator

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Pasadena City College selected John Woods, a long-time athletic director, conference commissioner, and state champion coach, as its new Athletic Coordinator in charge of intercollegiate athletics. Woods' hiring was ratified June 15 at the Pasadena Area Community College District Board of Trustees meeting.

Woods accepted the post to lead the athletics area for the 2011-2012 school year.

For the past five years, Woods has served as the commissioner of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, a league that consists of the nine San Diego County community colleges. 

He was athletic director at Palomar College in San Marcos from 1986-2007 after a legendary career as a wrestling head coach. At Palomar, Woods coached state team champion teams in 1978, 1983, 1985, and 1988. He guided 11 individual state champions and coached 51 All-American wrestlers. Compiling a 179-19-3 overall record, Woods was four times chosen as California Community College Coach of the Year. 

As an administrator, Woods was honored in 2004 as the state's Athletic Director of the Year. Among his highlights as AD were expanding Palomar College's facilities to include an all-weather soccer field, a power strength area, and introducing an athletic study hall for student-athletes. He also served on the CCCAA (then COA) state management council from 1998-2003, and was president of the state athletic directors association in 2003.

As a student-athlete, Woods was a three-time, NCAA All-American at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and wrestled on two national champion teams in 1968-1969. Woods, a native of Visalia, earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and graduated from Cal Poly with a master’s in education in 1970.

Woods is a member of seven different halls of fame, including the state athletic director HOF (inducted 2009) and NCAA Wrestling Hall of Fame (1999). 

At PCC, Woods will serve administrative needs and direct a budget for the college's 16 intercollegiate sports teams.

Married to wife Libier, Woods is a father of four adult children and has three grandchildren. 

Release Date: 06/16/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu