Mason Wood has joined Earlham College men's basketball for the 2018-19 season as the program's new assistant coach.
Wood comes to Earlham College as a veteran assistant with experience at all three NCAA levels.
"I am excited to welcome Mason to our men's basketball program," said Jason Polykoff, Earlham head men's basketball coach, in announcing Wood's hiring. "His experience coaching in the HCAC combined with his strong connections in the Midwest make him a home run hire for us. He will add a valuable dimension to our program as a coach, recruiter and mentor."
Before accepting his current position at Earlham, Wood held an assistant coaching position at Manchester University (DIII, 2015-2018), where they made back to back HCAC tournament appearances for the first time in 5 years. While working with the Spartans, he took on many roles. Some highlights were being in charge of all recruiting, handling recruiting compliance issues, coordinating the teams travel, meals, and videos, while also running the men's strength and conditioning program.
Prior to his position at Manchester, Wood was an assistant during the 2014-2015 season at Emporia State University, where he was in charge of post player development, along with focusing on the academic monitoring of players and recruiting compliance. He also spent a year assisting at Trinity University (DIII, 2013-2014) where his team won the SCAC regular season and tournament championship, and advanced to the first round of the DIII men's basketball championship.
Wood also spent time at other institutions such as Henderson State University (DII, 2011-2012) as a graduate assistant, Southern Illinois University (DI, 2007-2011) as head manager, and also as support staff for USA Basketball during the FIBA America Games in 2010.
Wood earned his bachelor's degree in history from Southern Illinois University in 2011, and followed up with a master's in sports administration at Henderson State University in 2012.