Monmouth College assistant track coach Brian Woodard can now add the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association’s National Assistant Women’s Coach of the Year to his title.
“There is no question he’s deserving of the award,” said Roger Haynes. “It’s really comparing apples and oranges when you look at the runners versus the throwers. When his kids score as many points as his did, there is no doubt he deserved the award.”
Now in his 15th season coaching throwers at Monmouth, Woodard earned the association’s top recognition after guiding a pair of student-athletes to score 16 of Monmouth’s 24 points at the NCAA DIII Indoor Championships. The Scots’ fifth-place team finish was their highest finish in the history of the women’s program.
Under Woodard’s guidance, Allison Devor finished runner-up in the weight throw and seventh in the shot put, while Raven Robinson finished third in the shot put. Devor was one of just two student-athletes in Division III to surpass 60 feet in the weight throw this season.
Woodard, who was named the Midwest Regional Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year for the past two years, saw his women sweep the top three places at the Midwest Conference meet in both the shot put and weight throw for a total of 48 team points.
“Going into the national meet, I had no doubt about his selection as the Regional Coach of the Year,” said Haynes. “Once we got to the NCAA meet and his throwers scored that many points, I felt there was no question he would be the national winner. His athletes far outshined anyone else's.”
So, what makes Woodard so good?
“From working with me so long, it’s surprising that he’s as patient as he is,” joked Haynes. “He pays great attention to detail and is a great organizer and planner. He’s been able to simulate the pressure of a meet in some of his practices and that acclimates his kids to the environment they’ll be in at the championship meets. There’s no doubt his throwers are prepared when they get to the national level.”
Woodard now needs to prepare himself. He’ll need to clear a little more room on the shelf for another award.