Ray Woodard
Biographical details
Born (1961-08-20) August 20, 1961 (age 58)
Corrigan, Texas
Playing career
Position(s)Defensive lineman
Head coaching record
Overall34–46 (college)
9–3 (junior college)

Ray Woodard (born August 20, 1961) is a former American football defensive tackle and former head football coach at Lamar University. He was hired on May 19, 2008 to resurrect the Lamar Cardinals football program that was discontinued in 1989.[1] Woodard played college football at Kilgore College and Texas, was selected 199th overall in the 1984 NFL Draft. He spent the next five seasons with the San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. He was a member of the Broncos' 1986 AFC Champion and Super Bowl team.

Woodard received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology and history from Sam Houston State University in 1988. He received his masters in education from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1991. On October 23, 2014, Ray Woodard earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lamar University. He joined a select group of Division I coaches with doctorates. Including Woodard, there were six Division I coaches with a doctorate at the time he received his doctorate. One of those six was an honorary doctorate. Woodard was also one of three Division I (FCS) coaches with a doctorate.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

Professional teamsEdit

Woodard coached with several professional teams, starting with the Texas Terror of the Arena Football League in 1996, and then the Frankfurt Galaxy of the World League of American Football (WLAF) in 1997. In 1999, he served as head coach of the Houston Outlaws of the short-lived Regional Football League.[3][4] Woodard later served as the defensive coordinator for the Scottish Claymores of the WLAF from 2000 to 2003.

Navarro CollegeEdit

From 2005 to 2007, Woodard spent his time coaching at Navarro College, a two-year college whose main campus is in Corsicana, Texas. His first two seasons at Navarro were spent as a defensive coordinator and as head coach in his last season. His 2007 squad went 9–3 and advanced to the conference playoffs for the first time in six seasons.

Navarro defeated defending national champion Blinn College on consecutive weeks before rolling past Kilgore College — the Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC) regular-season champion — on the road, 54–28, to earn the school's first bowl bid since the 1990s.

Navarro claimed a 24–21 win over Georgia Military College in the Pilgrim's Pride Bowl to finish the year ranked fourth in the NJCAA national poll. For his efforts, Woodard was named the SWJCFC Coach of the Year.

Navarro ranked third nationally in total offense (444.6 yards per game), fourth in rushing offense (250.5 ypg) and 16th in passing offense (194.2 ypg), while scoring a school-record 428 points for an average of 35.7 per game in 2007.[1]

Lamar UniversityEdit

In 2008, Lamar University hired Ray Woodard to help bring football back to Lamar after an almost 20-year absence. The Lamar Cardinals football team played their first season in 2010 under coach Woodard. That season, the Cardinals went 5–6 as Division I independents. The Cardinals began football competition in the NCAA Division I FCS Southland Conference the following year. On November 21, 2016 at approximately 1:30pm, Woodard was informed he was no longer head coach for Lamar.[5][6][7]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Lamar Cardinals (NCAA Division I FCS independent) (2010)
2010 Lamar 5–6
Lamar Cardinals (Southland Conference) (2011–2016)
2011 Lamar 4–7 2–5 6th
2012 Lamar 4–8 1–6 7th
2013 Lamar 5–7 2–4 6th
2014 Lamar 8–4 5–3 T–3rd
2015 Lamar 5–6 4–5 T–5th
2016 Lamar 3–8 3–6 T–8th
Lamar: 34–46 17–29
Total: 34–46
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ray Woodard Named Head Football Coach At Lamar University". Lamar University Athletics. May 19, 2008. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  2. "Woodard Earns Doctorate Degree". Lamar University Athletics. October 23, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  3. Goolsby, Henry (April 25, 1999). "Pride: Scores safety, field goal". The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Mississippi): p. 36. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  4. Richards, Joey D. (May 27, 1999). "Santa Fe's Wylie finds a football home with the Outlaws". The Daily News (Galveston, Texas): p. 17. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  5. "Lamar fires head coach Ray Woodard". Fox Sports Interactive Media, LLC. November 21, 2016. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  6. "Woodard fired after seven seasons at Lamar". Hearst Newspapers II, LLC. November 22, 2016. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  7. "Ray Woodard's one winning record in seven seasons not enough to stay football coach at Lamar". ESPN. November 21, 2016. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
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