Wood inks contract extension

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South Dakota State softball coach Krista Wood has signed a contract extension through the 2025 season, Director of Athletics Justin Sell announced Tuesday. The extension adds three years onto Wood’s existing three-year deal, which had one season remaining.

“Krista has done a great job building not only a winning program, but a culture of excellence in all areas that are part of being a Jackrabbit student-athlete,” Sell said. “Her track record of success speaks for itself and I’m excited to see where she can take Jackrabbit softball in the years ahead.”

A two-time Summit League Coach of the Year honoree (2018, 2021), Wood is entering her eighth season as head coach in 2022 and has led the Jackrabbit softball program to new heights during her tenure in Brookings. SDSU is coming off the most successful season in school history – one in which the Jackrabbits amassed a 43-8 record, won the 2021 Summit League regular season and tournament titles and advanced to their first-ever NCAA regional appearance at the Division I level.

Wood’s 2021 squad tied the school single-season record for wins with 43, including a victory over Stanford in its NCAA tournament opener. Wood and her staff were one of 10 programs in the nation to be recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as a 2021 Division I Regional Coaching Staff of the Year.

“I am extremely excited to be able to coach at SDSU and live in the community of Brookings. I appreciate the leadership and support of President (Barry) Dunn and Justin Sell, as well as their vision for this campus and our student-athletes,” Wood said. “I am grateful to all the individuals who are passionate about Jackrabbit Athletics and look forward to the continued success of the softball program.”

Already the program’s winningest coach, Wood has accrued a 197-151 record in her seven years at the helm of the Jackrabbit softball program, posting winning records each of the last four seasons.

SDSU won 37 games in both the 2018 and 2019 seasons, qualifying for the National Invitational Softball Championship each year. Wood was named the Summit League’s Coach of the Year for the first time in 2018 while guiding her team to a then-program-record .673 winning percentage, surpassing the 35-win mark for just the second time in history.

Her 2020 squad notched a 15-8 record before the remainder of the season was canceled to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wood previously coached eight seasons at Wayne State (Neb.) and enters the 2022 season with 467 career victories.

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