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Scott Woodard and Liz Narkon will be inducted into the Western New Mexico University Athletic Hall of Fame this fall during the Homecoming festivities on September 23.

Woodard spent 20 years at WNMU as the director of athletics, head softball coach, head baseball coach and assistant football coach. He helped run the compliance office during the transition from NAIA to Division II and was involved in building the new softball field, football complex and addition of the tennis court expansion. Before moving into administration and coaching at WNMU, Woodard played baseball for the Mustangs before graduating in 1985. He helped restart the softball program in 1998 and coached four All-Americans and was an assistant on the 2004 NCAA West Region Championship team that finished fifth at the Division II Championships. He helped guide the Lady Mustangs to 191 victories in his seven seasons as the head coach, including three straight 30-win seasons in 1997-99.

Before coaching softball, Woodard was the head coach of the baseball program for two years and spent time as an assistant coach on the football team from 1992-96. He was a part of the 7-4 team in 1995 that included an upset of Cal State Northridge and is the last winning season in program history as he served as the offensive coordinator during that season. During his playing career he was an all-star shortstop and was twice named to the RMAC All-Conference Team. Woodard received both his bachelor's degree in 1985 and master's in 1986 from WNMU.

Narkon was a team captain, four-year starter, All-Conference in both the Heartland and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferences, NCAA Division II West Region Freshman of the Year, Daktronics All-Region, AVCA All-Region and AVCA All-American. She is second in school history in kills with 1,311, while also adding 105 service aces, 944 digs and 154 blocks. Narkon ranks second for most kills in a season with 579 during the 2004 year, second in kills per set at 4.95 during that same year, first in service aces in a season with 45 during the 2003 year, first in service aces per set at 0.44 also in 2003, ranks in the top-10 in a season twice in digs with 333 in 2004 and 326 in 2003, second in most points in a season with 646 in 2004, and ranks second and third in points per set with 5.52 in 2004 and 4.30 in 2003. In three seasons she tallied at least 252 kills and had three years with at least 280 digs.

Narkon finished 19th nationally in kills per set during the 2004 season. The team reached some of their best seasons since moving to Division II during her career as the Lady Mustangs won at least 18 games during the four seasons, three times winning 22 or more, with her final two seasons each producing 26-win campaigns. In 2005, the team tallied 26 wins and advanced to the NCAA Southwest Regional after winning the Heartland Conference Championship. In 2006, WNMU again soared to 26 wins and advanced to the NCAA Regionals.

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