Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Warren Woodson

Warren Woodson


  • Position: Coach
  • School: Central Arkansas, Hardin-Simmons, Arizona, New Mexico State, Trinity
  • Years: 1935-1973
  • Inducted: 1989
  • Place of Birth: Fort Worth, TX
  • Date of Birth: Feb 24, 1903
  • Place of Death: Dallas, TX
  • Date of Death: Feb 22, 1998

Member Biography

Warren Brooks Woodson was born February 24, 1903 in Fort Worth, Texas. He received a degree from Baylor University in 1924, majoring in Bible and history, and a degree from Springfield College in 1926, majoring in physical education. He coached four sports at Texarkana Junior College 1927-1934 and, in three of the same years also coached three sports at a nearby high school. Conway Teachers (now Central Arkansas) had him 1935-1940. His 1936 team was 8-0. He was at Hardin-Simmons 1941-1951 except for three years as a lieutenant commander in the Navy. His 1946 team was 11-0. His 1948 team was in three bowls - the Grape Bowl Dec. 4, a 35-35 tie with College of Pacific; the Shrine Bowl Dec. 18, a 40-12 victory over Ouachita Baptist and Camellia Bowl Dec. 30, a 49-12 victory over Wichita. Woodson coached Arizona 1952-1956 and New Mexico State 1958-1967. His 1960 team went 11-0. He was head coach at Trinity (TX) 1972-1973 and later was consultant at New Mexico Highlands. His record at 4-year colleges was 203-95-14, and he also won 52 games in junior college and 18 in high school. He coached players who won the national rushing title nine times. These players were: at Hardin-Simmons, Rudolph Mobley, 1942,1946, Wilton Davis, 1947; at Arizona, Art Luppino, 1954,1955; at New Mexico State, Pervis Atkins, 1959, Bob Gaiters, 1960 Jim Pilot, 1961, 1962. Besides football, he won many championships with his teams in basketball, track, and tennis. Woodson died in Dallas, Texas, Feb. 22, 1998.