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BOB WOOD

Director of Cross Country and Track & Field at Ripon College

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Bob Wood is in his fourth year as Director of Cross Country and Track & Field at Ripon College during the 2020-21 academic year. In the past three seasons, Ripon has had 151 top-10 performances in program history, 40 All-Midwest Conference performances, five NCAA National Qualifiers, while a total of 28 school records were broken. Five teams and four individuals also earned national all-academic honors with the USTFCCCA.  During the 2020 Indoor season, the women's team scored a school-record 103.5 points while placing in the top three for the second time in school history.

A 2009 graduate of Ripon College, Wood competed in both football and track & field as a student-athlete for the Red Hawks. Prior to his current position, Wood spent one year serving as Ripon's Associate Coach for both the Cross Country and Track & Field programs, handling recruiting duties, coordinating training, and overseeing the sprint, hurdle, and jumping events. During that season, Ripon broke two school records and earned eight All-Midwest Conference performances.Prior to working at Ripon College, Wood spent seven seasons with Whitefish Bay High School's Track & Field program. During his time at Whitefish Bay, they won three North Shore Conference.

Championships (Indoor, Relays, Outdoor) and in 2016 the boy's team won their first outdoor conference title in 34 years.  In his time at Whitefish Bay, he oversaw the sprint, hurdle, and jumping events, coaching a total of 58 conference champions. He also served as Ripon's Track & Field intern during his senior season, assisting the Head Coach with recruiting duties, while also serving as the liaison to the Midwest Conference and assisting with home meet management, team entries, and practice planning.

Wood currently has USATF Level One and USTFCCCA Technical certifications, along with a Master’s Degree in Sports Management from Cardinal Stritch University. Wood still holds Ripon's school record for the Indoor 55 Meter Hurdles (7.87), which he set as a senior in 2009. He was a Midwest Conference Champion in the 55m Hurdles, was twice selected team captain for the Track and Field team, while also earning All-Conference honors three times.