Head Coach Krista Wood
Krista Wood took over the Jackrabbit softball program in August of 2014 after eight successful seasons at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., where she posted an overall record of 270-154, with a 133-60 mark in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
In her eight years at Wayne State, Wood turned the Wildcat program into a winner, inheriting a program that posted a 10-34 record in 2006 to a school record 43 wins in 2010, when Wayne State's earned its first-ever berth in the NCAA Division II Super Regional.
The most prolific coach in Wayne State history, Wood led the Wildcats to a 35-18 overall record in 2014, with a 20-8 mark in the Northern Sun Conference. The Wildcats set a new school record with an eighth consecutive winning season and set numerous school records along the way, including a .324 team batting average, 296 runs scored, 80 doubles and 274 RBI. The team also posted 461 hits and 42 home runs, both second all-time at WSC.
In 2013, the Wildcats posted a 28-16 record overall, finishing sixth in the NSIC with a 17-9 league mark. It marked the seventh straight winning season for the Wildcat program under Wood, matching a school record for most consecutive winning years.
Under Wood in 2012, Wayne State posted a 28-23 overall record and 13-13 in the NSIC (8th place). The Wildcats won their first three home games of the 2012 season to extend their home win streak to a school record 29 games before falling to Washburn 2-1 on March 18 to end the streak.
In 2011 Wood led the Wildcats to a 37-17 record and the school's third straight trip to the NCAA Division II National Tournament. They finished second in the Northern Sun Conference with a 22-4 league mark and achieved the school's highest-ever national ranking at No. 7 in the pre-season NFCA Coaches Poll and a No. 10 regular season national ranking. She coached the Wildcats to a perfect 18-0 record at home during the season, extending the Wildcats home unbeaten streak to 26.
The Wildcats finished the 2010 season with a school record 43-14 mark, the second straight season the Wildcats broke the school record for wins. Wood coached the Wildcats to the school's first ever NSIC Tournament title which led to Wayne State hosting the NCAA Division II Central Regional Tournament, which Wildcats went on to win, and advanced to super regionals at Metro State.
Wayne State recorded a school record 16 consecutive wins during the 2010 season and finished the year ranked 14th in NCAA Division II, the highest-ever national ranking for a Wildcat softball team to end the season.
Wood added international coaching experience to her resume in the summer of 2009, coaching a United States team to a 6-1-1 record and a first place finish at the Oldenzaal Invitational in Holland. Sponsored by USA Athletes International, the team featured 11 players, including Wildcat catcher Sam Earleywine.
The Wildcats went 41-21 in 2009 under Wood, setting a new school record at the time for wins while advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. WSC finished 19-6 in the NSIC, good for a fourth place finish. In their first trip to the NCAA Tournament, the Wildcats won two games and advanced to the Central Region Bracket title game before falling to top-seed, and eventual national champion, Winona State by the score of 2-0.
Wood coached the Wildcats to a 30-22 record in 2008, marking the first 30-win season by a Wildcat softball team since 1990, when WSC posted a then school-record 34 wins.
In her first year at Wayne State in 2007, Wood led the Wildcats to a 28-22 record, an 18 win improvement from the previous season, the first winning season for WSC softball since 2001 and just the second winning record since 1992. The Wildcats posted a seven-game win streak for the first time since the 1992 season and earned a regional ranking for the first time since joining NCAA Division II. The Wildcats also hit a then school record 29 home runs in 2007, more than doubling the previous school mark of 13.
The former Krista Unger took over the Wayne State softball program after serving two seasons as an assistant coach at St. Cloud State University, where she helped lead SCSU to records of 34-25 in 2005 and 33-24 in 2006, as the Huskies finished second and third respectively in the North Central Conference during her stay.
A native of Missouri Valley, Iowa, Wood shined as a standout player at the University of Nebraska-Omaha from 1999-2003. She helped the Mavericks to the NCAA Division II national championship in 2001 as a sophomore and finished her career as the all-time winningest pitcher in Maverick softball history with 106 wins and 530 career strikeouts.
In the 2001 national championship game, Wood tossed a two-hit shutout with five strikeouts in a 4-0 win over Lewis University. She also ranks second in career shutouts at UNO with 43, and earned numerous honors as a player at UNO, earning First Team All-NCC honors three times, while also collecting three All-NCC Academic Team awards. She earned NFCA All-Region First Team honors in 2002 and a Second Team All-Region selection in 2001. Wood also earned North Central Conference Freshman of the Year in 2000.
Wood also brings coaching experience at the high school level, serving as the pitching coach at Omaha Gross High School in the fall of 2003 and at state-qualifying Omaha Westside High School in 2004.
Wood earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education K-12 with an endorsement in coaching from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2004 and received a master's degree in sport management in 2006 from St. Cloud State University.
Krista and her husband Alex have one son, Braxton.