Athlete Bio

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Jennie (Brown) Woods

Class of 1996

A standout basketball player who graduated as the all-time leading scorer in CCHS Basketball history with 1,405 career points, Jennie (Brown) Woods was also a letterwinner in soccer and lacrosse in her four years at CCHS.

Jennie grew up in Carlisle, starting sports at a young age and continued her play in a variety of activities at Carlisle School. Her introduction to CCHS Athletics actually came in 8th grade, as Hall of Fame coach Dick DiMare “recruited” Brown and classmate Annie Pryor to practice with the CCHS team on weekends. That experience lit the fire and propelled Brown on to her four years understanding what she needed to do to make an impact on the big stage.

Brown burst on the basketball scene as a freshman, earning a starting spot from day one with her versatile inside/outside game and garnering DCL All-Star honors. She matched that feat as a sophomore, and then really established herself as a force junior year, averaging 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks per contest. Brown scored her 1,000th point in a game vs. Needham late in her junior year, which ended in frustration as the Patri- ots failed to qualify for the state tournament. That all changed as a senior, as Brown, Pryor and teammates came out on fire, winning their first eight games to lead the Patriots to an 18-3 record and the program’s first DCL title since 1991. Along the way, Brown broke the previous program scoring records held by future Harvard player Heather Harris ‘87 (1,250). Brown’s record was later broken by future Holy Cross Crusader Lisa Andrews ’01 with 1,571.

“Jennie is a great leader, and is good with the younger players,” said DiMare at the time. “She is clearly one of the better players we have had in the program, and has done everything she could in her four years to get better and help the team win. She will go down as one of the all-time great in CCHS history.”

A soccer player in the fall for her first three years, Brown played on some very good teams as a Wing and back- up Goalie for former C-C great Karyn Hesse Copland, and also lettered in lacrosse on defense for four years under coaches Donna Gilbert and Jen Greeley.

“My memories of playing sports at CCHS are strong ones, with the highlight winning the DCL title in 1996 and breaking the points record in my senior year,” said Brown. “Without question, the biggest influence on me was Coach DiMare, who was such an amazing coach and person that motivated us to be great as a team. Being recruited with Annie Pryor in eighth grade to practice with the high school team on weekends made such an impact on me. I remember being scared and intimidated to be out there, but it helped me understand what was required to be part of a great program.”

Brown was heavily recruited by a host of Ivy League and other Division I schools for basketball, but chose to attend the University of Michigan, College of Engineering, and now works as an Engineering Manager for Sanofi Genzyme in MA. She married CCHS classmate Mike Woods, and the couple resides in Groton with sons Jaxon and Maxx.