GREENVILLE, N.C. – Ryan Wood has been named the student assistant baseball coach at East Carolina University according to an announcement from head coach Billy Godwin Tuesday afternoon.
Wood, who will assist with infielders, pitchers and hitters, returns to the Pirates following a three-year professional career in the Kansas City Royals organization.
”I’m really excited to have Ryan back at East Carolina as a coach,” Godwin said. “One of the biggest honors for me is to bring back former players to be a member of our coaching staff. Ryan’s knowledge of the game, playing background and knowledge of our program gives him instant credibility with our players. He will be a tremendous addition to our coaching staff and someone our players can learn a lot from.”
An all-america selection in 2009, Wood helped the Pirates to three NCAA Regional appearances (2007-09), one Super Regional (2009), the 2009 Conference USA regular season title and a combined 161-90 record, which included three 40-win seasons.
During his four-year career, Wood started 226 of 237 games for the Pirates boasting a .328 average with 285 hits, 35 home runs, 154 RBI and produced 82 multi-hit games ranking among the all-time leaders in school history. At the close of his career, Wood also set the program standards for runs (225), walks (151) and assists (655).
In 2009, Wood was the two-hole hitter for one of the most prolific offenses in the country helping the Pirates to an NCAA-best 814 hits. Not only did the Pirates claim its second regular season C-USA title, but also earned a No. 1 seed and hosted the NCAA Greenville Regional inside Clark-LeClair Stadium and closed the year out participating in their third Super Regional.
Wood, an 11th round selection by the Royals, closed out his senior season earning First-Team All C-USA honors after leading the team in batting average (.379), runs (87), slugging percentage (.629), on-base percentage (.486) and walks (50), while ranking among the C-USA leaders in plate appearances (1st/327), hits (2nd/100), doubles (2nd/22), total bases (2nd/166), assists (2nd/196) and at-bats (3rd/264). He became the third Pirate in school history to garner all-america honors on five different teams in the same season joining Corey Scott (2000) and Greg Bunn (2004).
As a junior, he started all 62 games batting .306 with 13 home runs, 51 RBI, 70 runs, 10 doubles and was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 42nd round of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He took home his lone C-USA Hitter-of-the-Week honor on March 10 following the Fifth Annual LeClair Classic where batted .476 (10-for-21) with two doubles, one home run and four RBI, while walking four times and helped ECU to a perfect 5-0 week.
In 2007, Wood ranked third on the team with a .318 average, where he belted five home runs, drove in 23, scored 41 runs and led the club with 38 walks and a .432 on-base percentage. He started 57 of 61 games as a middle infielder ranking fourth in the league in assists (174).
During his rookie season with the Pirates, Wood earned C-USA All-Freshman Team honors after batting .289 with three round trippers, 23 RBI and scoring 27 runs. He started 41 of 48 games at second base and made his collegiate debut against College of Charleston on Feb. 19.
The Woodbridge, Va. native is expected to graduate in December of 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in communications (media studies).