James W. Woods, 89, of Chanute passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. James was born on January 18, 1932 in New Albany, KS, the son of John and Thelma (Rothgeb) Woods. James grew up in New Albany and upon graduation of high school was drafted into the United States Navy, where he honorably served in the Korean War. After returning home from Korea, James went to college and ultimately received a Master’s in education from Fort Hays State University, while also playing in the KOM baseball league in Iola. Coach, as James was referred to, dedicated his life to education, teaching and coaching in Gove, Canton and Chanute. Coach helped start the wrestling program at Chanute High School, coached football for many years and began FCA at CHS.