Hardin-Simmons head coach Marcus Wood is in his 16th season at the helm of the Hardin-Simmons program.
Prior to HSU, Wood was a highly-successful assistant coach at both Cumberland College (Ky.) and Gardner-Webb (N.C.) University. His most recent stop was a one-year stint at GWU, where he helped turn the program from 6-13 under the previous staff in 1998, to 13-9 in 1999. The Lady Bulldogs also upset the No. 1 team in the nation in the conference tournament.
Wood coached the Bettendorf (Iowa) Soccer Association team to the U18 Iowa State Championship in 1999. He had a 41-7-2 record as the head coach for the youth team. Also added to the resume is his ability to speak and perform at soccer clinics all around the Midwest. Known as a skillful motivator and teacher, he has conducted his annual camp called “Woody’s” since 1993. The camp is for ages 6-14.
At Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Ill.,Wood was team captain, team MVP, NCCAA All-Region and was a NAIA Academic All-American. Wood graduated from ONU as the school’s second all-time leading scorer. Wood was also a three-time Olympic development player.
Wood holds a Premier Coaching Diploma through the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He earned his Premier in April of 2004 in Lilleshall, U.K. He earned his master’s degree from Hardin-Simmons in Sports and Recreation Management. He married the former Kelley Tragesser in December of 2005. They have two children Kamryn, who is seven, and son, Alex, who is three.
He was selected by Championshiop Productions to do instructional videos. If you would like to purchase those you can go here.