Head Coach Marcus Wood
Hardin-Simmons head coach Marcus Wood is in his 19th season at the helm of the Hardin-Simmons program.
His overall numbers are remarkable. Wood has a career record of 330-36-26 and his teams have won 15 straight American Southwest Conference titles and 16 overall.
He coached the 2017 team to the NCAA Division III Final Four for the second time. The Cowgirls advanced with a 3-1 win over Methodist and a dramatic 3-2 win over Trinity with a pair of goals in the final nine minutes. HSU advanced to the Final Four with a pair of 1-0 wins in Geneva, New York over Carnegie Mellon and Ohio Northern. HSU lost to Williams 1-0 on a late goal in the national semifinals.
In 2016, his team went 20-1-2 and went back to the Sweet 16 and lost in penalty kicks to eventual national champion Washington (Mo.). The Cowgirls allowed just three goals the entire season. HSU advanced to the Sweet 16 in penalty kicks at Centre College and also had a first-round NCAA tournament win over Washington and Lee.
In 2015, HSU went 19-2-2 and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Cowgirls defeated UC-Santa Cruz and Trinity on the first weekend and then tied Swarthmore, but failed to advance on PKs.
In 2014, the Cowgirls went 16-3 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, falling in the first round.
In 2013, the Cowgirls went 16-2-1 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. HSU also captured its 11th straight conference title.
In 2012, the Cowgirls went 18-1-2 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. In the NCAA run, HSU beat Chapman and won on penalty kicks against arch-rival Trinity.
In 2011, the Cowgirls went 20-2 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
In 2010, he led the Cowgirls to their first NCAA Championship with a 2-1 win over Messiah in San Antonio. It was the first national team title for Hardin-Simmons since joining Division III in 1997. He was named the American Southwest Conference coach of the year and was named the national coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
He is ranked fourth all-time in collegiate women's soccer history. He is the second-winningest active coach on the Division III level, behind Messiah's Scott Frey.
His teams have not shied away from going against some of the toughest competition in the nation. In the last 18 years, the Cowgirls have played 23 teams that have advanced to at least the Final Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
Not only do the Cowgirls go anywhere to face the best competition in season, its offseason conditioning program may be one of the best in the nation. The Cowgirls have made international trips to Germany, Holland, England, Spain, Costa Rica and Italy under Wood. Most recently they went to Italy, prior to last season.
In each of the last 15 seasons, the Cowgirls have been ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America National Poll at some point. The Cowgirls were No. 1 at the end of 2010.
Wood is already the school's all-time winningest coach. He has had 38 players that have been named all-region a total of 50 times under Wood's guidance. He has coached 19 All-Americans at HSU -- Kirsten Parrish and Kenne Kessler (2017), Kami Jones and Kirsten Parrish (2016), Shannon Byrd (2015), Julianne Kucera and Katie Haltiwanger (2014), Taylor Thigpen (2013), Courtney Cramer (2011, 2012 and 2013), Devon Howard (2012), Katie Kuykendall (2010, 2011 and 2012), Brittany Vacca (2010 and 2011), Rebecca Roth (2010 and 2011), Sarah Stansell (2010), Amy Kuykendall (2006 and 2010), Carlyn Powers (2009), Whitney Piendak (2006), Christi Carr (2006) and Mollie Porter (2002).
The program has also made great strides in facility improvements. For the first time at their current location, the Cowgirls will have lights on their home field. The Cowgirls have their own practice field that is adjacent to the game field. The team also has a fieldhouse with locker rooms, a training room and a meeting/film room.
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 and Alex.
He was selected by Championship Productions to do instructional videos. If you would like to purchase those you can go here.