Clint Woods begins his ninth season as head coach of the College of the Ozarks men’s and women’s cross-country teams. Over the years, Coach Woods has seen his teams steadily grow and improve, posting top finishes and gaining national recognition.
In 2018, Woods played a key role in development and preparation for the NCCAA DI and DII Men's and Women's Cross-Country National Championships, which were successfully hosted by College of the Ozarks for the first time. In 2019 Woods guided both the Bobcats and Lady Cats to A.I.I. Conference Championship titles. Woods’ teams wrapped up the 2019 campaign with a third-place finish in the NCCAA National Championships for the Lady Cats and 4th place National Championships finish for the Bobcats. In the 2022 campaign, the Bobcats completed a fifth place finish in the NCCAA National Championship meet and the Lady Cats stood on the podium finishing third in the nation. The Bobcats and Lady Cats are excited to hit the course this fall as they compete in both the NCCAA and the NAIA .
While working diligently to train his athletes and build a strong program, Woods strives to challenge each runner to pursue continued improvement throughout the season. With this goal in mind, it is anticipated the team will have several runners once again qualify to participate in the national competition in the fall of 2023.
Coach Woods invests a great deal of time and energy in his teams--desiring to see the athletes develop not only in their sport, but also in their personal and spiritual lives.
Woods holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Recreation/Wellness and a Master’s Degree in Recreation from Northwest Missouri State University. Prior to coming to College of the Ozarks, Woods served as head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, men’s director of Bartlesville K-Life, and women’s basketball graduate assistant at Northwest Missouri State. He attended high school in Nixa, Missouri, where he played tennis and basketball. The Woods Family came to College of the Ozarks from California in 2013.
In addition to leading the cross-country program, Woods currently teaches in the Physical Education Department.