After graduating from West Catholic in the summer of 1996, Brian Wood headed to Albright College. He enthusiastically continued his football career, but suffered a shoulder injury that cut his season short. The coaching staff saw something special in Brian and asked him to assist the defensive coaching staff in practice.
Once Wood caught the coaching bug, there was no looking back. He spent years as both a college and high school coach, including stints at Millersville University, in the Coatesville School District, and most recently at Oxford High School.
Following a lengthy interview process in the spring of 2019, Wood was named the 20th head coach of the West Catholic football program. As a third generation alum, Wood feels like this has been a homecoming for him.
“It’s a dream come true,” says Wood. “While at West Catholic I received a great education and experienced a quality athletic program in a diverse environment. All of those things helped prepare me for the world ahead.” For Coach Wood, it is extremely important to help the players continue to succeed both on and off the field.
“We want our players to really carry four things with them—character, commitment, consistency, and contagious energy. If we can do that on a day-to-day basis, both in the classroom and on the field, everything else will fall into place.”
We hope you will join us in rooting on the team and Coach Wood this fall.
For more stories like this, check out the Fall 2019 West Notes!