To say that Robbie Woods was a football player or a basketball player would be a gross understatement. Robbie Woods is one of the most gifted athletes ever to set foot on the playing fields and gyms of Rockland County. He excelled in every aspect of sports and athletics that he attempted.
His high school career at Nyack spanned three years and during that time Robbie achieved as much as anyone could on an individual level. In his sophomore year he was All County 1st team in track and football. In his junior year Robbie was 1st team All County and All League and a Daily News All Star in football and basketball, and also made the 1st team ALL STATE in both of these sports. Robbie led the county in touchdowns, receptions and yards per catch in his junior year. Not to be outdone, his senior year was even better. Robbie was again voted a unanimous choice as an All County football and basketball selection, as well as repeating his All League and Daily News All Stars selections.
In addition, in football, Robbie was again selected as a 1st team ALL STATE PLAYER on both offense and defense, and was voted as the ALL STATE lineman of the year. In 1975 Robbie Woods was one of 12 high school football players in New York State to be honored with ALL AMERICAN status. On the basketball court, Robbie was again selected All
League, All County, Daily News All Star and 1st team ALL STATE. He also led the county in receiving touchdowns, yards per catch, and in basketball he led the county in scoring.
On March 3, 1976, after his high school career was over, The Journal News stated that Robbie Woods was perhaps “the greatest all around athlete of his time”, and rightfully so. At the 1975 Albertus Magnus Christmas Tournament
Robbie scored a Rockland County record of an amazing 60 points in one game. Perhaps Robbie’s best day as a high school athlete was October 12, 1974, in a football game against Nanuet. The final numbers for Woods that day were startling: 5 touchdowns, 30 points scored nine rushes for 95 yards, 4 receptions for 65 yards, 2 punt
returns for 47 yards, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception, and several tackles. His high School football coach Al Cann stated, “It was a magnificent display of raw talent getting loose. In all the years I’ve been associated with Nyack football, I never saw a more impressive individual display on the football field.” Nanuet football coach, Dale Abeling said, “It was the best individual football performance I ever saw in Rockland County.”
The University of Delaware offered Robbie a full football scholarship in 1976 and he enrolled there expecting to be a wide receiver. He started right away on offense but things were about to change. “There was no feature receiver there, we all got about the same amount of footballs,” Robbie said. In his sophomore year defensive backs wereneeded, and Robbie was picked to move over the defensive side. He wound up as a mainstay in the Blue Hens’ defensive back-
field. In his junior year Robbie earned a place on the weekly All East Division II Honor Roll after getting 2 interceptions and returns of 55 yards against Westchester State. And in his senior year Robbie led the league in interceptions and was selected as an All East Coast Defensive Back for the University of Delaware.
After college Robbie Woods returned to Rockland County and accepted a teaching position at Ramapo High School, and has been a very uccessful coach at the Ramapo and Nyack High Schools. He was the Ramapo head football coach, Ramapo head boys’ track coach, Ramapo head girls’ basketball coach and Nyack girls’ head basketball coach over the years.
While at Ramapo High, Robbie coached the boys’ track team to a state championship in the 4×400 relay and the girls’ basketball team to a Section I championship. Serving as the girl’s basketball coach at Nyack, Robbie led the team
to the state championship finals.
For the past ten years, Robbie has been the Dean of Students at Ramapo High School. Robbie and his wife, Dwanda, have two children, a daughter, Lyndsey, 25, and a son, Robert T, 21. They make their home in Spring Valley.