'Doc' left quite a legacy
by Joey Martin - posted Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 @ 10:16 am
The Miss-Lou lost quite a coach and character in longtime track coach Henry "Doc" Woods, who died of cancer on February 9 in Dallas.
Woods coached track and field for 43 years, starting out at the former Sadie V. Thompson High School before moving on to North Natchez and Natchez High.
He won 19 state championships in track and field, was nominated for the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and served as president of the USA Track and Field.
Woods is the second-most colorful coach I've ever worked with. I don't if any coach will ever pass former North Natchez football coach Tom Williams. I very rarely came upon Doc when he did not have a big smile and encouraging word. He did so much for young people for so many years, not just at North Natchez and Natchez High, but kids who loved track at all schools.
Doc allowed Huntington School athletes to use his facility because of no place to train in Ferriday.
And Doc could run a track meet. Believe me, those things can get out of hand and pushed back in no time flat. But Doc always kept his running smooth.
And I will certainly never forget his play by play skills during football games. He would have everyone in the press box rolling with lines such as "Tackled by a host of Rams."
Natchez has a fine tradition in track and field and Doc Woods is the big reason for that.