Keith Woodard retires, Aaron Campbell named interim head coach for track and field

Keith Woodard retires, Aaron Campbell named interim head coach for track and field

PALATINE HILL -- Keith Woodard, director of men's and women's cross country and track and field, is retiring, Director of Physical Education and Athletics Shana Levine announced on Tuesday. Aaron Campbell, recruiting coordinator and assistant coach for track and field since 2016, has been named interim head coach.

Campbell previously coached for four seasons at Emory, where the women's track and field team was ranked top 25 nationally, and Campbell was named the 2013 South/Southeast Assistant Coach of the Year. Over the course of Campbell's career, he has coached a total of 33 All-Americans. Prior to his time at Emory, Campbell was a coach for Duke and at Vermont, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 2010.

"It has been an honor to be part of the Pioneers athletics community and to work with so many dedicated student-athletes. I wish Aaron success in his new role," Woodard said.

Woodard was named cross country head coach in 2007 and track and field head coach in 2011. Woodard had eight Lewis & Clark cross country runners qualify for the national championships, earning one All-America award. Two runners won Rhodes Scholarships, most recently Katie Kowal in 2018. Woodard was inducted into the Lewis & Clark Athletics Hall of Fame for his performance as a cross country and track and field student-athlete.

Searches for permanent head coaches will begin later this spring.