Albany, NY----The Sage Colleges Athletic Director, Dani Drews announced the selection of Jason Wood (Scotia, NY) as Sage’s interim head men’s volleyball coach. He replaces Andy Smith, who resigned earlier this month.
Jason Wood said, “I am very excited to have this opportunity.” Wood added, “I have enjoyed my time at Sage and look forward to developing and growing this young and talented men’s program.”
Dani Drews, Athletic Director said of the selection, "We are fortunate to have such a talented and accomplished coach to take over the reins of our men's volleyball program. “ Drews added, “With the first automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships for men's volleyball on the line in 2012, I am confident that Jason will be able to make a smooth transition and lead the team in pursuit of the Skyline Championship and a spot in the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament."
A 1995 graduate of the University of Maine with a bachelor of science degree in physical education, Wood joined Sage’s athletic department staff in the summer of 2011 as the assistant coach for the women’s volleyball program. In addition, Wood achieved his masters degree in teacher education from the College of Saint Rose in 2003
He came to Sage after serving the previous four seasons on the staff at Union College. In his first year with the Union program, he helped lead the team to its first Liberty League title and a school record of 28 victories in 2007. As the team’s defensive coordinator, he coached Union’s libero, to the NYS Co-Defensive Player of the Year award after also finishing fifth nationally for digs per game for D-III schools. In his four seasons at Union, the Dutchwomen have produced a Liberty League title and an NCAA playoff appearance.
Jason has coached at Bethlehem Central High School, Hudson Valley Community College, and the College of St. Rose. He holds certifications lifeguard training, CPR/FPR with an AED, as well as New York Teaching and Coaching certifications. He currently teaches middle school physical education in the Bethlehem Central School District, a position he has held since 1998.