The University of Mary Washington will add men’s golf as a varsity athletic program beginning fall, 2016. The school will spend the next year and a half recruiting talented student-athletes and planning for the first tee shot in August 2016. The program will be immediately eligible for CAC and NCAA championships.
Former men’s basketball coach and current Director of Athletic Facilities Rod Wood will serve as the program’s head coach. Augustine Country Club in Stafford County will be the home course for the Eagles and Raspberry Golf Management will become the newest partner of UMW Athletics.
"We’re very pleased to add men’s golf to our varsity athletic program", said UMW Director of Athletics Ken Tyler. "We are in a prime location for golf and look forward to the many benefits it will bring to our athletic department, the University, and our community. Rod Wood is a proven coach and recruiter with a great deal of experience and connections in the sport of golf and he will be an excellent leader for our program."
Wood added, "It's exciting to start a program from scratch. My first coaching job was coaching golf at Robert E. Lee High School, where we won two conference championships." Wood, who coached current PGA Tour Professional Kris Blanks at Lee, added, "Golf has always been a passion of mine, and I look forward to working with the young men and women we plan to recruit. It's exciting for me to work with Augustine Golf Club and Raspberry Falls Golf Management. The resources they have will be second to none in Division III golf. Having me as a full-time member of the faculty at UMW will give us a decided advantage over nearly every other Division III program, most of whom have part-time coaches."
In his 18 years at the helm of University of Mary Washington men’s basketball, Wood established himself as one of the premier coaches in the region. During his tenure, the Eagles rose from the depths of the Capital Athletic Conference to become one of the elite teams in the Middle Atlantic region, with Wood being named as the CAC Coach of the Year four times.
A 1985 graduate of Randolph-Macon College, Wood led the men's basketball program to the 2014 CAC Championship, and capped that with a run to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, winning a school-record 25 games.
Wood and his wife, Amy, live in Lorton, Va., and are the parents of two daughters, Jenna and Jolie.