Cowgirls Soccer Coach Marcus Wood gets 350th Career Win

October 16, 2019 Macee Hall, Staff Writer

(ABILENE, Texas)–On Sept. 20, the Hardin-Simmons University women’s soccer team prevailed in a showdown with Grove City College at the HSU Soccer Complex. Though the game marked the Cowgirls’ second win of the 2019 season, it held special significance for head coach Marcus Wood. By defeating Grove City, the Cowgirls secured Wood’s 350th career win in his 20th year coaching at HSU.

The HSU women’s soccer team huddles together before their game on Sept. 26, 2019.
The HSU women’s soccer team huddles together before their game on Sept. 26, 2019.

“I have coached at Hardin-Simmons for 20 years, and each year has been very special.  Each year the story seems to grow.  We are now coaching the kids of former players in our youth camps.  Our alumni game is becoming a big event.  The relationships will be lifetime relationships.  We develop a strong bond with the players. The bond comes from mutual respect. We admire our players for who they are as people,” Wood said.

He continued, “our coaching staff of Brent Camp, Manual Cordova, and Maddie McAdams admire the grit and toughness of the players who have repeatedly overcome big challenges.  It is meaningful to all of us to be part of a program that strives to represent Jesus Christ.”

President Eric Bruntmyer stated, “I am so proud of Coach Wood and his teams. They exemplify excellence on and off the field.”

A History of Excellence

Wood’s record is jam-packed with victories and successes. His teams have won 16 straight American Southwest Conference titles and have currently played in the NCAA Sweet 16 for four consecutive years. Wood remains Hardin-Simmons’ all-time winningest coach and has led many players to personal success in athletics and academics.

In his time at HSU, Wood coached 39 all-region players and 21 All-American players on the Cowgirls’ soccer team. For 17 consecutive seasons, the Cowgirls, under the direction of Wood, have ranked on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America National Poll.

The Cowgirls’ lineup includes nine more games this season. To access the team’s full schedule, visit the HSU athletics website.