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Stacey Wood, a former student-athlete and assistant coach, became the first-ever coach of the Crusaders’ women’s lacrosse program on Tuesday, November 27, 2012.Wood, who most recently served as assistant coach at the State University of New York at Oneonta, assisted the Red Dragons to a turnaround season with an overall record of 12-4. She help guided Oneonta to an 8-0 start in 2012, which was the program’s best start in its history. Wood will manage all aspects of the Capital women’s lacrosse program, which begins its inaugural season in the 2013-14 academic year. She will also serve as an assistant sports information director.Her anticipated start date is Dec. 10.“Stacey’s passion for lacrosse and energetic approach, as well as her belief in the well-rounded student-athlete, stood out during the interview process,” Bruning said. “With her prior experience as both an assistant coach and student-athlete, we believe she will be a great fit at Capital and the ideal person to lead our women’s lacrosse program.”In her role at Oneonta, Wood served as defensive coordinator, assisted in the recruiting of prospective student-athletes and played a role in scouting opponents and managing practice. Wood also mentored one All-American and three All-State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) athletes during her tenure."I would like to thank Dr. Bruning, (associate director of athletics) Dixie Jeffers and the athletic staff at Capital University involved in the interview process for granting me this tremendous opportunity,” Wood said. “I am very excited and motivated to build a successful program and be a part of such an exceptional institution."A native of Tonawanda, N.Y., Wood was a standout athlete on both the lacrosse and soccer teams at Buffalo State. Wood was a three-year starter at defender for the women's lacrosse team from 2003-07. She helped pace the Bengals to a cumulative 35-24 record, a first-ever playoff appearance in the 2004 SUNYAC Tournament quarterfinals and the 2006 SUNYAC Tournament semifinals. She also was a member of the Buffalo State women’s soccer team in 2003.Wood’s previous coaching experience also includes stints at Hartwick (N.Y.) College and Wilson (Pa.) College. In 2011, at Hartwick College a member of the Empire 8 Conference, Wood piloted the Hawks to their most successful season in recent memory with a 7-8 overall mark, which is the program's second-highest win total in the last 10 seasons.She also has three years experience working in sports information, with her responsibilities including computing in-game statistics for soccer, field hockey, baseball, gymnastics, lacrosse, tennis and softball.Wood received her bachelor's in communications from Buffalo State in 2008.
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