Aug. 23, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Donnie Darr, Ohio State men’s golf head coach, has tabbed JJ Wood as an assistant coach for the Buckeye program. Wood made an immediate impact at Rice University in 2014, helping the Owls to the program’s first ever Conference USA Championship after joining the staff mid-season in January.
`I’m very excited to have JJ join our program,” said head coach Donnie Darr. “I am very confident he will hit the ground running and have an immediate impact on our players. He has a lot of experience as a player and a teacher of the game, but what impresses me the most is his ability to communicate. He has an infectious personality and I know he is going to make others around him better.”
Wood brings a wealth of instructional experience and playing success to the Buckeyes. Prior to his stint with Rice, he served as the Director of Instruction at the Pecan Grove Country Club just outside of Houston, Texas, where he developed instruction programs and taught private lessons. He also managed a team of instructors and fitness coaches.
Wood has worked as a golf instructor since concluding his collegiate playing career in 2007. As an undergraduate, he played three seasons at Pepperdine University and led the Waves to three West Coast Conference Championships and the NCAA Tournament Finals.
Upon his graduation in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in natural science and business with a sport administration emphasis, Wood enrolled in graduate school at the University of Oklahoma. He played his final season with the Sooners in 2006-07 and was the team’s stroke average leader while working towards his Master’s education degree completed in 2008.
Along with competing in the 2007 U.S. Amateur Championship, Wood earned medalist honors at the Arizona Men’s Amateur the same year. He played professionally in the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament in 2008, as well as, other tours as a pro.
As an instructor, Wood has also coached at Calabasas Country Club (Calabasas, Calif.), Woodforest Golf Club (Montgomery, Texas) and Matt Swanson School of Golf (Houston, Texas). Additionally, Wood has industry experience as a corporate sales executive for the Houston Golf Association and as a learning enhancement center supervisor with Oklahoma’s Athletic Academic Services department. He is a registered PGA Apprentice with the PGA of America.
The San Diego, Calif. native represented the United States at the World Junior Golf Cup in 1998 and won the International Junior Golf Tournament in 2001.
Wood earned all-state, all region and all-conference accolades all four seasons at 5A Yuma High School in Arizona. He was inducted into the school’s hall of fame in 2008. Wood, and the rest of the Buckeyes head to Sugar Grove, Ill., in two weeks (Sept. 5-7) for the start of the 2014-15 season, competing in the Northern Intercollegiate.