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Janet Woodruff
Position: Hall of Fame Inductee
Other Position: 2003 Inductee, Women's Field Hockey Coach (1929-67)

Janet Woodruff brought her love of field hockey to the University of Oregon in 1929. She fostered the sport throughout
the region and was responsible for the inclusion of the game in Oregon high school programs and for the creation of
the Pacific Northwest Field Hockey Conference in 1940. The first “real” coach in the era before women’s athletics
was recognized, she also served as the director of the women’s Physical Activity Program during her 38-year tenure
at the University of Oregon. A woman of few words but with a compelling personality and presence, Miss Woodruff
was revered by her players, admired by colleagues, and deeply respected by all who knew her. She served as an
excellent role model and had a positive influence in the lives of her athletes. Teaching by example, she emphasized
good sportsmanship, teamwork and fair play while coaching winning teams during her Oregon career. Her athletes
were conditioned, well-trained in skills, and educated in sophisticated strategies of the sport as she set the standard
for future coaching generations. The Woodruff Gymnasium in Gerlinger Hall is named in her honor.