A big key to the Vols’ success on the diamond is certified athletic trainer Jeff Wood, who is in his 15th season with the Tennessee baseball team.
Wood’s thorough knowledge of kinesiology and sports medicine has routinely earned him the praise of his colleagues—and it also earned him trips to China and Italy with Major League Baseball International in the summers of 2007 and 2010-11, respectively.
“Woody,” as he is known in the clubhouse, arrived at Tennessee boasting numerous years of professional experience as a baseball trainer, including a 10-year stint as a certified trainer in the Baltimore Orioles organization (which included a four-year stint as head trainer for the class-AAA Rochester Red Wings).
In addition, he has worked with the Bluefield Orioles rookie-league team, the Charlotte O’s class-AA club, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), NASCAR and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).
In 1987, Wood was named Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs.
He also has been invited to give numerous professional presentations on topics ranging from “Care and Prevention of the Potentially Cervical Spine Injured Athlete” to “Shoulder Injuries Associated with Overhand Throwing.”
The Winfield, W.Va., native has earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from Marshall (1984) and a master’s in Exercise Science from Tennessee (2002). He is certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Assoc- iation Board of Certification and the State of Tennessee and also holds membership in the Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society.
In addition to his baseball duties, Wood also works closely with the Volunteer swimming and diving team and provides training room supervision for all of UT’s men’s athletic teams.
Wood and his wife, the former Malinda Gray, reside in Clinton, Tenn., and are the proud parents of sons, Jordan, Lucas and Zachary.