David Wood hired as head baseball coach at Odessa College

David Wood named head baseball coach at Odessa College

David Wood, who most recently served as interim head coach at San Jacinto College in Houston, accepted the position as the new head baseball coach for the Odessa College (OC) Wranglers program, OC announced today. He will succeed Kurtis Lay, who led OC to over 300 wins, seven postseason trips and multiple national rankings before departing from the program after 10 years.

Wood has proven himself as both a player and coach. He earned 2nd Team All-Conference awards at Texas State University before he played in the Kansas City Royals Minor League System for three years. In his coaching years, Woods held multiple roles at the University of St. Edwards University in Austin from August 2011 to July 2021, including assistant head coach. He would later serve as head coach at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, helping lead the team to the conference tournament in 2022 in its first year of eligibility. His career would next lead him to the role of assistant coach at San Jacinto College, where he would eventually take the role as interim head coach. In that program, Wood contributed to a 40-21 record and appearance in the NJCAA Super Regional Tournament.

OC Athletic Director Wayne Baker says Wood’s record speaks for itself and also pointed out the new coach’s focus on academic excellence. At St. Edwards University, Wood supervised study halls for the team, helping maintain a team GPA over 3.0 every semester from Fall 2012.

“His prior coaching roles at the University of St. Thomas and St. Edward’s University underline his commitment to both academic and athletic excellence,” Baker said. “As a former all-conference pitcher and experienced pitching coach, he is poised to bring significant value to the OC baseball program. We are excited to welcome him and look forward to his contributions both on and off the field.”

Wood said he’s excited to join the OC family.

“The baseball program has had a very good track record of success and I look forward to continuing the winning ways,” he said. “I would like to thank Dr. Williams and Wayne for this opportunity. My family and I are looking forward to being a part of the Wranglers family.”

Wood earned an associate degree from Temple College in Temple, Texas and a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University in San Marcos. He and his wife Randi share three children.