Serving the scholastic field hockey and lacrosse community since 1998

June 9, 2012 — An appreciation: Amy Wood, head field hockey coach, Bethesda-Chevy Chase (Md.)

One in a series.

In starting this field hockey site in the fall of 1998, I was fortunate to have found — sometimes through serendipity — a number of very compelling players and coaches over the course of building the network and understanding the breadth of the game nationwide.

One of the first people I met was Amy Wood. Wood had brought her Bethesda-Chevy Chase team to Pocomoke City, Md. for its preseason playday, and that team had some players with amazing skills and strength and teamwork.

Wood’s teams, from the start of her coaching career in 1993, were already strong. But from 1994 to 2002, her Barons teams won or shared nine consecutive Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association championships, which was, at the time, a National Federation record.

Wood’s passion for coaching has been evident throughout. She took the helm of the Washington Wolves field hockey club when its long-time coach left for a collegiate post in New England. She played club hockey (indoor and outdoor) on just about every weekend afforded her.

She also left an indelible mark on her players, reminding them how important it was to trust each other and accept each other’s imperfections.

Wood is leaving after 19 seasons at B-CC to pursue a doctorate at the University of Florida.

It’s a tremendous loss for the game of hockey on the Delmarva Peninsula, not only in terms of knowledge and experience (how many other coaches say they won a national championship with Tracey Fuchs at the University of Connecticut), but in terms of a boundless passion that you could see in her players every time those blue and gold uniforms hit the field.

Good luck, Amy.

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  News and Notes: June 11 | MoCoMDHSSports wrote @

[…] Amy Wood stepped down after winning 10 state championships in 19 seasons as field hockey coach at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. [] […]

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