Keith Woodard
Keith Woodard
Title: Director of Men's and Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
Phone: 503-768-7025
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
Previous College: Lewis & Clark College (1989)
Years Active: 2002-19

Keith Woodard retired in Mar. 2019 after 12 seasons leading programs at Lewis & Clark, his alma mater. After being named head cross country coach in 2007, Woodard was chosen as head track and field coach at the start of the 2011-12 academic year after the retirement of longtime coach David Fix. He entered the 2018-19 academic year as the head coach of both programs as the Director of Cross Country and Track and Field. Woodard had been coaching at Lewis & Clark since 2002 when he was named a track and field assistant coach.

Overall, Woodard has 30 years of coaching experience at the high school, club and collegiate levels. His collegiate student-athletes have earned over 50 All-America awards and have included a two-time national heptathlon champion, four Olympic Trials competitors, numerous Academic All-Americans and eleven All-Academic All-America teams.

Since taking over as cross country head coach prior to the 2007 season, Woodard has had eight runners qualify for ten trips to the national championships, earning one All-American award. In total, Woodard's cross country teams have posted 26 top-10 finishes at the Northwest Conference Championships. In 2011 and 2012, Lewis & Clark had the individual women's champion in Illana Livstrom and Emily Thomas, respectively. The Pioneers claimed three consecutive NWC team titles from 2010-12. Woodard was named NWC Coach of the Year in 2010.

Keith joined the Pioneers staff in 2002 as an assistant for sprints, hurdles, and jumps. In the fall of 2003, Keith was added to the cross country staff and his track assignment was changed to sprints, hurdles, and distances. He has helped guide four Pioneers to the national track meet and brought back one All-American. Eight of Keith's student-athletes have broken school records 18 times.

After helping to lead the 2005 women’s team to a second-place team finish, Woodard was named the NWC Coach of the Year with David Fix.    

As a high school runner, Keith captained the Beaverton High School track and cross country teams, winning the Metro League cross country title and setting school records on the track. He assisted the coaching staff with younger team members and coached then non-sanctioned events like the triple jump.

He continued his study of the sport at Lewis & Clark under the tutelage of Eldon Fix and as a teammate of retired Head Coach David Fix. In his first career as a Pioneer, Keith ran on several conference and district championship teams. Woodard finished his competitive career with three top-10 finishes at the conference championships with his highest finish, eighth place, in 1970.

Keith left school to continue his running career. In 1974, he co-founded the Spur of the Moment Track Club based in Portland. For the next five years, the club was one of the top clubs in the Northwest and competed at the US National Championships. During this time, he coached other club members including sprinters, jumpers, and a decathlete. In 1977, he became Head Boys and Girls cross country and track coach at Beaverton High School where he had cross country teams and individuals in both cross country and track advance to the state meet.

The end of 1978 saw a move to Colorado where Keith managed the Frank Shorter Fitness Wear stores. He continued coaching and competing and ran for the nationally competitive clubs of the Frank Shorter Racing Team, Nike’s 4 Corner’s Track Club, and the ASIC Racing Team.    

Late 1986 saw a return to Portland where he joined his brother Ken’s staff at Portland State University. As an assistant for cross country and track and field for 10 years and the Women’s Head cross country and track and field coach for 5 years his student-athletes broke school records in 17 women’s events and 15 men’s events as well as accounting for over 50 All-American awards.    

In 1988 and 1989, Keith stepped back on the track to compete for the Pioneers and his former teammate David Fix. In this second career on Palatine Hill, he won conference and district titles on the track and competed at the national meet both years in the 10,000 meters earning All-American honors in his last year.