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January 7, 2014

WCHS gym was dedicated as Rodney C. Woods Gymnasium

1-8-2014 —     On Saturday, January 4, the gym at Wayne County High School was 

formally dedicated as the Rodney C. Woods Gymnasium. Family, players, 

former players and assistant coaches surrounded Woods on the court, 

that was also dedicated in his name, for the ceremony, which was held 

before the Cardinals' game with Clinton, Tenn.

    The Wayne County Board of Education voted unanimously in April to 

name the gymnasium and the court after the successful coach. Woods is 

in his 28th year as head coach at Wayne County High School, where he 

has a record of 574-303. His career record is 781-375. He has led the 

program to 15 district titles, eight regional championships and a 

state runner-up finish in 1989.

    "He's a great coach, but he has also been a great role model for a 

lot of young men who have played in this program," said Jerrod 

Gibbons, a 2004 Wayne County graduate who played for Woods five 

seasons. "He teaches you a lot of things about life and not just 

about basketball."

    Gibbons was a member of the 2004 regional championship squad, and he 

was among the many players who made the trip to Wayne County High 

School to attend the ceremony for Woods on Saturday. Gibbons said he 

and several of his teammates talked a couple of years ago about the 

gymnasium being dedicated to their coach, then found out that a plan 

was already in the works to get the facility named for Woods.

    Gibbons, who now lives in Memphis, Tenn., was glad he could make the 

trip to Wayne County for the ceremony Saturday. The atmosphere is the 

same, noted Gibbons, as when he played for Wayne County, with fans 

supporting the team.

    "You don't realize it until you play for a college. The fans support 

you here and they travel with you so well...it's like a large family 

here," said Gibbons.

    Another former player who has kept up with Woods over the years is 

Barry Kincaid, who played for the coach at Powell Valley High School 

in Tennessee. Kincaid traveled from South Carolina on Saturday to 

participate in the ceremony, honoring his former coach.

    Kincaid played for Woods in the first season he coached in high 

school, and he was a member of the state runner-up team at Powell 

Valley. But Kincaid knew Woods before then as a talented point guard 

for the University of Tennessee.

    Kincaid recalls watching Woods light it up in Knoxville against the 

University of Kentucky when the point guard scored 20 plus points to 

help the Vols take the win. Little did he know that a few years 

later, Woods would be his high school coach.

    "It was an honor to play for him," said Kincaid. "I am very proud of 

what he has accomplished...He was an important part of my life, and I 

am so pleased I can be here today."

    Woods began his high school basketball career as a player at Lone 

Jack High School in Four Mile, Kentucky. His single-season high of 

1,001 points is the 16th highest total ever achieved in Kentucky high 

school basketball, while his 418 field goals that year is the third 

most ever scored.

    Woods scored 2,484 career points at Lone Jack. High scoring games in 

his career were 52 and 51 points.

    After high school, Woods played for the University of Tennessee, 

where Coach Ray Mears use of him as "point man" or "one guard" 

perfected the role which is so prevalent in college basketball now. 

Woods also lettered in college baseball for two years.

    After receiving his bachelors degree, Woods was hired at Claiborne 

County Schools in Speedwell, Tenn. He worked in the Corbin City 

School district before returning to Claiborne County Schools.

    Woods was hired by Wayne County Schools in 1986. During his tenure 

at Wayne County Woods has been named 12th Region Coach of the Year 10 

times and in 2002 was the Louisville Courier-Journal and Lexington 

Herald Leader Coach of the Year for Kentucky.

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