A new era in the Bemidji State University tennis program began on Feb. 26, 2003, when director of athletics Dr. Rick Goeb named Kari Wood as the universityâ€™s new head tennis coach.
After compliling a 3-13 overall record and 2-4 mark in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conferenence play in her first season, Wood believes her squad's expetations will be higher in her second full season at the helm.
"We should be right up there with the top two contenders in the conference because we have the talent and conditioning to compete with the best teams in the NSIC this year," remarked Wood. "This team is a very close-knit group and these girls will do well. It will just come down to how bad they want it."
Wood, a Bemidji, Minn. native has been an assistant professor in the BSU Business Department since 2000. She currently teaches business administration and computer information systems classes.
A graduate of Bemidji State with a bachelorâ€™s degree in business management, Wood received her masterâ€™s degree in business administration from Minnesota State University-Moorhead and recently earned her doctorate in organizational management (IT) at Capella University (Minn.).
While working on her undergraduate degree, Wood played on the BSU tennis team. She was a co-captain her senior year on a team where she played both second and third doubles and singles. The team went finished third in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
While at BSU, Howe led the Beavers to the only conference tennis championship in the schoolâ€™s history. She was also named as the 1999 NSIC Coach of the Year.
Wood resides in Bemidji with her husband Gary.