January 27, 2015
Oregon City — Longtime Clackamas Community College Volleyball Coach Kathie Woods has announced her retirement from coaching, effective after this current school year.
Woods, a native of Dallas, Oregon, has been the head coach at Clackamas since the 1983-84 season.
Prior to arriving at CCC, Woods also coached for 2 years at Linn-Benton community College in Albany.
“Coaching volleyball at Clackamas has been the most fun and rewarding profession in the world to me,“ expressed Woods. “It has truly been an honor and I have loved every minute. I am excited to see what the next chapter in my life holds. Honestly, when people ask me what I’m going to do, I hesitate in answering because I have been coaching all of my adult life and I don’t really know what I’m going to do” she laughs. “I am looking forward to having summers, nights, weekends and fall seasons to explore. This was a good time to take the next step. It just felt right. This current team was the team I chose to go out on. They are incredible. God never fails to bless me.”
Woods finished the 2014-15 season with a 10-0 region record, her 7th Southern Region Championship, a 37-13 overall finish and a 4th place in the NWAC conference.
During her career she amassed a 836-522 record for a 61.6% winning percentage. This year she surpassed the 800 victory mark. Her 836 wins is the most by an NWAC volleyball coach and a mark only surpassed by 5 other 2-year volleyball coaches in the history of Junior College athletics.
Other notable accolades Woods achieved in her tenure included 2 NWAC Championships, NWAC Coach of the Year (3x), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Coach of the Year and Southern Region Coach of the Year on multiple occasions, including this past season.
Her 1996 team that went 12-0 in region and 50-9 overall including CCC’s first NWAC volleyball championship was inducted into the NWAC Hall of Fame in 2008.
Woods was an avid proponent of her students doing well in the classroom. Her teams have been recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) 8 out of the last 10 years for the AVCA Team Academic Award (a minimum 3.3 team GPA).
Woods also coached 7 AVCA All-Americans since the award’s inception in 1996.
“I am so thankful to all my Cougar student/athletes, my coaches and the administrations I’ve worked with at Clackamas. No words can express my gratitude. They have been truly incredible and Clackamas is the best place in the world to work and play! They have helped make my dream of coaching a reality and I am truly blessed.” Said Woods.
Coach Woods will continue her coaching duties until July 1st, when incoming coach Sarah Hoeke, a Cougar Alumni who played for Woods, will officially take over.
“I am so thrilled that Sarah will be taking over the helm. She has the same philosophy as what we have now and I just know she will do (and is already doing in transition) a fantastic job. I am excited to see her and the program grow into even higher heights. Once a Cougar, Always a Cougar“ expressed Woods.