Woody Woodard

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Woody Woodard
Sport(s) Football, basketball, track
Biographical details
Born c. 1917
Wichita, Kansas
Died December 9, 1996(1996-12-09) (aged 79)
Wichita, Kansas
Playing career
c. 1935 Southwestern (KS)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1943–1949 Lawrence HS (KS)
1950–1952 McPherson
1953–1956 SMU
1957–1959 Wichita
Head coaching record
Overall 47–45–4 (college football)

Chalmer E. "Woody" Woodard (c. 1917 – December 9, 1996) was an American football player, coach of football, basketball, and track, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at McPherson College from 1950 to 1952, at Southern Methodist University (SMU) from 1953 to 1956, and at the Municipal University of Wichita—now known as the University of Wichita—from 1957 to 1959, compiling a career college football record of 47–45–4.

Coaching career


Woodard was the head football, basketball and track coach and athletic director at McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas from 1950 to 1952. His football coaching record at McPherson was 18–7–1.[1]


Woodard left McPherson to become the head football coach at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He resigned as SMU coach after two consecutive losing seasons in 1956.

Wichita State

Soon after leaving SMU, Woodard signed a three-year contract to coach the University of Wichita (now Wichita State University) in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas and he held that position for three seasons, from 1957 until 1959. His record at Wichita was 10–18–2.[2] After three seasons, his contract was not renewed.

Head coaching record

College football

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches#
McPherson Bulldogs (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1950–1952)
1950 McPherson 8–0–1 6–0 1st
1951 McPherson 7–2 5–1 2nd
1952 McPherson 3–5 2–4 5th
McPherson: 18–7–1 13–5
SMU Mustangs (Southwest Conference) (1953–1956)
1953 SMU 5–5 3–3 4th
1954 SMU 6–3–1 4–1–1 2nd 17
1955 SMU 4–6 2–4 T–5th
1956 SMU 4–6 2–4 5th
SMU: 19–20–1 11–12–1
Wichita Shockers (Missouri Valley Conference) (1957–1959)
1957 Wichita State 1–9 0–3 5th
1958 Wichita State 4–5–1 1–2–1 5th
1959 Wichita State 5–4–1 1–2–1 4th
Wichita State: 10–18–2 2–7–2
Total: 47–45–4
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ "McPherson College Football Media Guide 2010" (PDF). McPherson College Athletics. Retrieved November 10, 2010.
  2. ^ Wichita St. Coaching Records
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