OGDEN – Weber State University Athletics has named Isaac Wood as a new assistant coach for the Wildcat men’s and women’s track and field teams. Wood will begin his tenure at Weber State on July 1, 2014.
Wood, a native of North Salt Lake, Utah, joins the Weber State program with a variety of experience in track and field in coaching, recruiting and analysis.
In January 2014, he joined the track and field website Flotrack as a full-time senior analyst and associate producer. While at Flotrack, he served as a high school, college and professional analyst in producing track and field coverage of meets around the world. He was also the main broadcaster and commentator of meets on the site.
During the fall of 2013, Wood was a graduate assistant coach at Florida State where he worked with the men’s and women’s cross country teams. At FSU he was heavily involved in recruiting and compliance with the Seminole teams. During his tenure, the Florida State women’s cross country team captured the ACC title and the NCAA South Region title and went on to finish eighth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
Prior to his time at Florida State, Wood spent four years as a team manager and assistant for the BYU men’s cross country and track and field teams while a student at BYU. With the Cougars he worked in all aspects of the program with specific emphasis on recruiting. In his last two years, the BYU men’s cross country team finished fourth and sixth at the NCAA Championships. Wood also played a significant role in the development of several All-Americans at BYU.
In 2012, he started the critically acclaimed blog The Wood Report which includes national track and field rankings and previews.
“Growing up in Utah and being involved in track and field, I always recognized Weber State as a great track program,” Wood said. “I’ve wanted nothing else but to be involved in a great program like this and I’m really excited to work with the great coaches at Weber State in Dan Walker and Paul Pilkington. Being a track and field coach is really a dream come true and I can’t wait to get started.”
Wood attended Woods Cross High School, graduating in 2007. He earned a bachelor’s degree in History from BYU in 2013 and is engaged to Elise Fassmann. Track is a big part of his family. His father Bob was a prominent figure in track and field as an agent and was a part of USA Track and Field. His brother Sam has won back-to-back Utah state track and field titles as the head coach at Woods Cross High.
Wood replaces longtime WSU women’s track and field head coach Jim Blaisdell who is retiring on July 1, after 33 years as head coach of the Wildcats. Dan Walker will become head coach for the men’s and women’s programs.
“We are really excited to have Isaac join our coaching staff at Weber State,” Walker said. “He has Utah roots and has been involved on the coaching staffs at BYU and Florida State where he was heavily involved in recruiting. His experience at Flotrack has made him known throughout the country. We are excited about his energy and enthusiasm and the knowledge of track and field that he will bring to Weber State. He wants to be a track and field coach and with the knowledge and experience he has, he will be a great coach.”