Bob Woodruff, former UT Athletics Director (1963-1985) and head coach at Baylor (1947-1949) and Florida (1950-1959), died early Nov. 1 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville. He was 85.
A native of Athens, Ga., Woodruff played tackle at Tennessee under Maj. Robert R. Neyland from 1936-1939 and then began a career in coaching that included stops as an assitant at Tennessee, Army and Georgia Tech before taking the head coaching job at Baylor. His record at Baylor was 19-10-2 and 54-42-6 at Florida.
Woodruff became AD at Tennessee after being an assitant caoch under former teammate Bowden Wyatt in 1961 and 1962. During his tenure at UT, the Vol all-sports program became one of the SEC's and nation's best as Woodruff emphasized a basic philosophy - "Any sport worth having is worth supporting."
Tennessee AD Doug Dickey was saddened by Woodruff's death.
"Bob Woodruff lived a long and wonderful life and was deeply regarded by those in intercollegiate athletics," Dickey said. "He was a wonderful friend and mentor to me, beyond any measure I could ever repay to him. He was a true friend who was one of the tremendous minds in intercollegiate athletics for many years."
Woodruff is survived by his wife of 21 years, Gertrude Handley (Trudy) Woodruff, three sons Bill, Mark and Joe, daughter Meg, stepson Mark Hughes, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Monday night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. a Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel at 6200 Kingston Pike. Following a private burial on Tuesday, Rev. John E. Pennington will lead a memorial service at West Hills Baptist Church.
Men's swimming and diving defeats Notre Dame
UT's men's swimming and diving team remained undefeated by downing Notre Dame 134.5-81 in a dual meet Friday in South Bend, Ind.
Tennessee started the night by winning the first four events. The Vols took the top three spots in the 50-yard backstroke, 50y freestyle, 100y indivdual medley and the 1-meter dive.
Sophomore Evan Nylander won his first event of the year, posting a time of 22.01 seconds in the 50y freestyle.
Other Tennessee winners included George du Rand (400 I.M.), Greg Simpson (50 back), Chris Stewart (50 breast), Renato Gueraldi (50 fly) and Jeremy McDonnell (100 I.M.).
Freshman Phillp Jones and his diving teammates Sal Vilardo and Jake Dorese controlled the diving well. Jones and Vilardo placed one-two in the 1-meter event and the trio took top honors in the 3-meter competition.
"We had an awesome competition because of the format," Tennessee coach John Trembley said. "It opened itself for some fun, there were great races and a good feel for both universities."
The Vols will be back in action Nov. 16-18, for the Indiana Diving Invitational in Bloomington, Ind.
Former athletic director dies
Published: Mon Nov 05, 2001 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 03:54 p.m.