Christopher `Woody' Woodard enters his third season as Head Coach of the Colorado State women's swimming & diving program. Under Woodard's direction, the Rams are hoping to revitalize their once-storied history, and through two seasons, CSU is on the right track. The Rams have set nine new school records under Woodard, and in 2013, Woodard helped coach Breann Fuller, who was a Mountain West champion in the 200 Butterfly and finished 24th in both the 200 and 100 Butterfly at the NCAA Championships. Woodard took over the program after long-time head coach John Mattos retired after the 2010-11 season, his 31st at CSU. He is the fifth coach in program history.
Woodard, a former assistant coach for swimming and water polo at Colorado State from 2000-05, returned to CSU after six years at North Carolina State, where he was the associate head men's swimming coach and an assistant for the women's program.
In Woodard's 18 years of experience, he has assisted in coaching Olympic gold medalists Amy Van Dyken (2000) and Cullen Jones (2008), and was the primary coach for 14-time Paralympic gold medalist Erin Popovich. Van Dyken and Popovich are former Rams.
During his tenure with NC State, Woodard's swimmers compiled 58 school records, and the women's team placed 29th at the 2009 NCAA Championships. Both the men's and women's squads were named scholastic All-America teams in 2010. Jones, before winning the gold medal in 2008, was the 2006 NCAA champion in the 50 Freestyle.
While at CSU, Woodard helped coach the Rams to a 37-13 dual-meet record from 2000-05 and produced five Mountain West champions with 14 school records. CSU finished in the top three in the MW each year from 2001-04, including a 10-0 record and a regular-season championship in 2004, the same season the team was an NCAA qualifier. Woodard served as a volunteer assistant with the Rams from 1998-2000 while obtaining his master's degree.
In his two seasons as head coach, 12 Rams have earned Mountain West Scholar-Athlete status for their academic success.
Before his time at the university level, Woodard served as the head coach for the Shawmut Aquatic Club, from 1996-98. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he attended Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., graduating in 1995. He earned his first coaching job after graduation as an assistant swim coach with Hartwick (1995-96), where he recruited three future All-Americans.
Woodard is married to wife Holly, and together they have a son, Gabriel, and daughter, Elliot.