Introducing the Coach

I asked my dad, whose football knowledge and insight never ceases to impress me, to contribute to the blog and periodically post his thoughts from the perspective of a football coach. I’ve learned so much from him over the years, and I’m thrilled that he agreed. With that being said, I’d like to introduce you to the Coach.

Coach Ken Woody got his football start in childhood playing various positions in youth leagues. At Roosevelt High School in Seattle, Washington, he set the all-city running back record for most yards per carry (8.5 yds). The Coach went on to be a walk-on for the University of Oregon, earning a commendable scholarship and lettering for 3 years. At the U of O, he played as a defensive back for 3 years and a wide receiver and place kicker for 2 years. Upon graduation, the Coach was the seventh leading scorer in U of O history (record since broken) and credited with game-winning field goals against the University of Washington (twice), USC, and UCLA. Rather than pursuing a professional football career, the Coach was drawn to the role of mentor and began coaching after playing at the collegiate level.

The Coach has 18 years of college football coaching under his belt. He was an Assistant Coach at the University of Oregon for 1 year (QBs, RBs, WRs, Ks), the University of Washington for 3 years (QBS, WRs, Ks), Utah State University for 1 year (TEs), and Washington State University for 9 years (QBs, WRs, Ks). He served as Head Coach at Whitman College for 2 years and Washington University-St. Louis for 2 years. Mark Rypien, Super Bowl XXVI MVP and Champion, and Mike Wilson, 3-time Super Bowl Champion, are amongst the notable players he has coached. In addition to coaching, the Coach was an Academic Athletic Counselor for 1 year at Washington State University and Athletic Director for 2 years at Lewis-Clark State College.

The Coach is no stranger to football analysis and commentary. His true passion for the game is evidenced by his significant involvement in sports broadcasting and journalism. He was a television analyst and color commentator for Fox Sports Northwest for 15 years (side bar/ fan girl moment: Dad, I watched a youtube clip of “the pick” the other day, and guess who was announcing the game? Todd McKim and Ken Woody. It gave me goosebumps!). Not just a handsome face appearing on television, the Coach has enlightened the public with his football analysis through the written word as a newspaper columnist for 8 years and a blog columnist for 7 years at the Register Guard.

I’m so pleased to introduce my dad as a contributing author to the blog. When discussing post ideas, I requested that his first be on “why we should listen to what he has to say.” He sent me a resume, and I hope my summary above does it some justice. I can tell you that I’ve learned a tremendous amount from him as his daughter and biggest fan. You will also get the opportunity to learn from the Coach in a weekly to bi-weekly post-series entitled “A Word from the Coach.” Stay tuned.

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