The Hoyas return multiple starters at their four infield positions
In his first season with the Blue & Gray in 2016, the Hoyas ranked third in the BIG EAST in batting average (.263), home runs (21) and on-base percentage (.350). Georgetown ranked second in the league and set a program record with 44 sacrifice bunts. Sophomore Michael DeRenzi finished fourth in the conference with a .332 batting average and was among the lead leaders in hits, triples, slugging percentage and stolen bases. Both DeRenzi and Jake Kuzbel were named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team.
Before arriving at the Hilltop, Wood served as the hitting and third base coach for the Bison for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He took over a Bucknell offense that batted a Patriot League-worst .236 in 2013, improving the batting average to .243 in 2014 and .266 in 2015, good enough to rank second in the Patriot League. In 2014, the Bison tied the program's single-season record for wins in a season (31) while winning the Patriot League regular season title, the Patriot League Tournament championship, an NCAA Regional berth and earning the program's second-ever NCAA Regional win. In Wood's two seasons with the Bison, seven position players were selected to All-Patriot League postseason teams and Bucknell had the 2014 unanimous Patriot League Rookie of the Year.
Prior to Bucknell, Wood served as a student assistant coach in 2013 at his alma mater, East Carolina, while finishing his degree requirements.
During his four-year career for the Pirates, from 2006-09, Wood boasted a .328 average with 285 hits, 35 home runs, 154 RBI while starting 226 of 237 games. He produced 82 multi-hit games, ranking among the all-time leaders in school history and, at the close of his career, Wood also held the program record for runs scored (225), walks (151) and assists (655). An All-America selection in 2009, Wood helped the Pirates to three NCAA Regional appearances (2007-09), one Super Regional (2009), the 2009 Conference USA regular season title and a combined 161-90 record, which included three 40-win seasons.
Following his senior season, when he earned All-Conference USA First Team honors, Wood was selected in the 11th round by the Kansas City Royals in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. He played three seasons in the Royals' minor league system, rising as high as Advanced Class-A Wilmington. Wood had previously been drafted following his senior year in high school in 2005 by the Cleveland Indians in the 49th round as well as by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 42nd round in 2008 following his junior year at East Carolina.