Lamar University head football coach Ray Woodard has been dismissed as coach of the Lamar Cardinals.

The announcement was made during a press conference at the university on Monday afternoon.

Woodard has been the head coach for the past seven years since Lamar brought football back to the campus for the 2010 season.

He ushered football back onto the Lamar campus for the first time since 1989 and in the Cardinals first game, at McNeese State University.

He is not sure what his next job will be but he hopes his assistant coaches and players are taken care of by the next coach.

Athletic Director Jason Henderson said all coaches will have the opportunity to interview for new positions with the next head coach.

Henderson said the nationwide search for that coach begins immediately.

Henderson said the move to fire Woodard came after the season, after reviewing his entire body of work.

Woodard's Lamar Record

  • 2010 - 5 W 6 L
  • 2011 - 4 W 7 L
  • 2012 - 4 W 8 L
  • 2013 - 5 W 7 L
  • 2014 - 8 W 4 L
  • 2015 - 5 W 6 L
  • 2016 - 3 W 8 L

Total for seven seasons 34 W 46 L (overall) 17 W 30L (Southland Conference)

In that first game in Lake Charles the Cardinals set a school record with 429 passing yards according to the Lamar Athletics website.

The Cardinals kept up with the 11th ranked McNeese Cowboys before losing the 30-27.

The next week Woodard led the newly resurrected team to its first home victory against Webber International in front of a crowd of more than 16,000.


Woodard was named the eighth football coach at LU by president Dr. James Simmons and then athletics director Billy Tubbs on May 19, 2008. He came to Beaumont after serving three seasons at Navarro College - the first two as defensive coordinator and the final as head coach. His 2007 squad went 9-3 and advanced to the conference playoffs for the first time in six seasons.

From 2003-05, Woodard served as the head football and track coach at Burton (Texas) High School, with the Panthers winning the district title in track in 2004. He spent two years as the defensive coordinator at Livingston High School (1998-2001) and one season at Trinity HS (1997-98).

Woodard spent three years as the defensive coordinator for the Scottish Claymores from 2000-03 during his second stint with an NFL Europe franchise.

Woodard’s other professional coaching experience came as the general manager/head coach for the Houston Outlaws (1999-2000) of the Regional Football League, defensive coordinator of the NFL Europe’s Frankfurt Galaxy (1996-97) and the Texas Terror (1996) of the Arena Football League.

Woodard’s first experience at the NCAA level came in 1998 when he was the defensive line coach at Louisiana-Lafayette. From 1988-95 Woodard was the defensive coordinator at Kilgore College and recruited more than 200 Texas high school student-athletes. The Rangers appeared in back-to-back Shrine Bowls in 1989 and 1990. Kilgore had a 9-2 record in 1990, won the conference championship and was ranked as high as No. 6 in the country.