NJCAA Hall of Famer Justin Wood has been named the new head coach of all six Stevens track & field and cross country programs, Director of Athletics Russell Rogers announced. Wood is the former head coach at the State University of New York at Delhi, where he led the Broncos to a pair of National Junior College Athletic Association Championships in 2009 and 2010.
"I am thankful to Russ Rogers and the rest of the search committee for the opportunity to join the Stevens community,” said Wood. “The program is on the brink of taking off to a new level with our incoming class and talented returning athletes. I am excited to lead the programs through this exciting time and expect to see Stevens cross country and track & field rise to new levels of success."
In addition to his two national championships, seven more of Wood’s Delhi men’s and women’s track& field and cross country teams finished as the national runner-up from 2009 through 2012. In total, the Mustangs produced 23 NJCAA individual national champions (13 men, 10 women) and 121 NJCAA All-Americans in his four years there.
Wood was inducted into the NJCAA Hal of Fame in 2010 and was the 2009 NJCAA men’s indoor track and field Coach of the Year.
In 2009, Delhi’s men’s cross country team turned in the best-ever performance at the NJCAA Cross Country Championships with 22 points as the runners placed first, fourth, fifth, seventh, ninth, 12th and 19th. Six student-athletes earned All-America status from that team alone.
At the 2012 NJCAA Indoor National Championships, freshman Tiyi Boone won the first indoor national title in Delhi women’s indoor history by scoring 3396 points in the pentathlon. In the spring season, Boone won another four national titles, set a meet record in the high jump and was named NJCAA Field Athlete of the Meet for her performance.
An alum of Delhi himself, Wood won four individual national titles for the Mustangs and is still the school-record holder in the 1,000-meters, 1,500-m and 3,000-m. He went on to complete his bachelor’s degree Seton Hall University, where he earned All-Big East honors in 2006.
With eligibility remaining as he began graduate school, Wood competed at Southern Connecticut State University and finished 10th at the 2007 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the final of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Wood earned a master’s in exercise science/human performance at SCSU, graduated cum laude from Seton Hall with a degree in social and behavioral science and owns an associate degree of physical education studies from Delhi.
After graduating from SCSU, Wood stayed on staff for a year and helped lead the Owls to a pair of conference titles in 2008 before taking the head coaching job at Delhi.