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Former Texas DL Ray Woodard fired as coach at Lamar

Posted November 22nd, 2016

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Lamar announced Monday its decision to fire head football coach Ray Woodard after seven seasons.

Woodard, who played at Texas under Fred Akers in 1982 and 1983, was 34-46 at the helm. The Cardinals finished 3-8 this season and lost their final five games.

Woodard had been at Lamar since 2008, when he was brought in to lead a program that had been dormant since 1989. Prior to that he was the coach at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas.

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Lamar’s best season under Woodard came in 2014, when the Cardinals went 8-4.

“I would like to personally thank Dr. Jimmy Simmons (school president) and Billy Tubbs (former AD) for giving me the great opportunity to be the head coach at Lamar,” Woodard said in a statement. “It’s been an honor to coach here and I’m proud of what we accomplished. I only want good things for Lamar University and this program.”

While at Texas, Woodard helped the Longhorns to an 11-1 record in 1983 that featured a perfect regular season behind the nation’s top defense.

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