Lionel Woods, uOttawa’s longest-serving coach, has been with the Gee-Gees since 1988, when he joined women’s volleyball as an assistant coach and student athletic therapist. He became head coach in 1992, and has since led the Gee-Gees to one OUA Championship, two silver OUA medals and six OUA Final Four appearances in 20 post-season appearances.
In 2006-07, Woods guided his Gee-Gees to a 13-6 regular season record en route to being named the OUA East division coach of year for the second time. That year’s team went on to post a perfect 3-0 record in the playoffs en route to capturing uOttawa’s first OUA championship in 21 years.
Woods also served as head coach of Ontario’s provincial women’s volleyball team in 1993 (silver medal at National Challenge Cup) and from 1994-1997, as they prepared for the 1997 Canada Summer Games (two national silver medals and two 4th place finishes). He coached a local high school (J.S. Woodsworth) to a provincial gold medal in girls’ soccer, and was manager of Soccer Operations for Ottawa’s professional soccer team (The Intrepid) in 1989-1990.
Born in Northampton, England, Woods has twice been named the OUA coach of the year (2002-03, 2006-07). The son of a diplomat with External Affairs Canada who lived in Moscow from 1971-73, Woods has a coaching philosophy, which he writes down and updates. “It started as a hobby,” he said. During more than 24 years of coaching, Woods has coached volleyball, basketball, hockey, tennis and soccer. He has a level III certification in volleyball. As of the 2007-08 season, Woods has a conference record of 163 wins and 97 losses. He has consistent rankings in the top 4 in Ontario and top 15 in Canada.
After having lived in Chatham (Ontario), Northampton (England), and Moscow (Russia) – during the 1972 Canada Cup – Lionel Woods now lives in Ottawa with his wife, his son (Keenan, born July 2004) and daughter (Reegan, born April 2006).
Woods holds a Master’s Degree in Human Kinetics, a Bachelor of Arts in Human Kinetics and a Bachelor of Education all from the University of Ottawa.
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