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Henry Woods
Hometown: Natchez, MS
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Coach Henry “Doc” Woods was a nationally renowned track & field coach from Natchez. He was born in Adams County and attended Sadie Thompson High. He earned the nickname of “Rabbit” at an early age and was recruited to play football and run track at Mississippi Valley State because of his legendary speed. He received his degrees in math from Valley and is one of Mississippi’s top math professors, which earned him the second nickname of “Doc”. Doc coached and taught at Okolona, Drew, and Columbus before being asked to start the track program at his high school alma mater at Sadie Thompson. During his 40-year coaching career in boys & girls track, he had led his track squads at Sadie Thompson, North Natchez, and Natchez High schools to 643 meet victories, 102 district titles, and 19 state championships. He guided 115 high school All Americans and 3 national champions and assisted 94 athletes in obtaining track scholarships to college. From 1984 to 1986, his track teams had a winning streak of 24 consecutive meets. He has won countless local, state, and national Coach of the Year awards. He organized summer track programs in the Natchez area. Coach Woods was honored as an Unsung Hero by ESPN in 1983 and named NAACP Man of the Year in 1984. He was inducted into the Mississippi Valley State Hall of Fame in 1982 and declared as the best athlete and coach combination in school history during the Delta Devils Silver Anniversary celebration.