SB: Texas A&M-Kingsville adds Wood to coaching staff

Story courtesy: Texas A&M-Kingsville Athletics

Javelina softball coach Craig Nicholson announced an addition to his staff on Thursday with the hiring of Nyka Wood as the program’s newest assistant coach.

“We’re excited to add Nyka to our staff,” said Nicholson. “She has spent her playing and coaching career in the Lone Star Conference, so she has outstanding knowledge of this conference and what it takes to be successful at this level. Her ability to relate personal experiences to our players will be a valuable tool for her moving forward.”

Wood comes to Kingsville after spending the last six years as part of the Tarleton softball program. From 2015-18, she was a catcher for a Texan team that earned three NCAA Regional Tournament berths, captured an NCAA Region I Championship in 2015 and rose as high as No. 10 in the national rankings. 

Wood ended each year as an All-Lone Star Conference honoree, including two All-LSC First-Team selections and she was twice named an Academic All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. By the time her career ended, she was TSU’s all-time leader in games played, games started, sacrifice hits, doubles and RBIs.

In 2019, Wood transitioned to the role of graduate assistant under coach Mark Cumpian. During her two years on the Texans’ staff, the team posted a record of 59-19, made another appearance at NCAA Regionals in 2019 and finished 2020 ranked 20th nationally. 

Wood also spent two seasons as an assistant for a travel softball team named the Firecrackers, helping lead them to a pair of top 10 finishes in the 16u division, which includes more than 100 squads from across the country.