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Wood named associate athletic director

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Wood named associate athletic director

FAYETTEVILLE — Eric Wood has been promoted to associate athletic director for student-athlete development it was announced by Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long on Tuesday. Wood joined Razorback Athletics in November 2009 and has worked the past two years as an assistant athletic director with the Razorbacks coordinating and developing programs that contribute to the personal growth and character development of Razorback student-athletes. Since his original appointment, Wood has been added to the department’s executive staff and assumed a role as the athletic department’s coordinator of athletic diversity initiatives working alongside the University’s Office of Diversity Affairs. Wood is active on the national intercollegiate athletics’ scene as well and is currently serving as the chair of the NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs Advisory Committee. “Eric has done a tremendous job in leading and expanding the reach of our student-athlete development program,” Long said. “In the past two years, our student-athlete development program has blossomed into a valuable resource for all Razorback student-athletes offering them a wide range of personal development opportunities. Eric has also been instrumental in helping coordinate our department’s diversity initiatives. He has been recognized by his peers as one of the best in the country and we are glad he is a part of our team.” During his tenure at Arkansas, Wood has helped develop and implement several new programs and initiatives including the Razorback Leadership Academy, the Lee Spencer Cup and the Hogs In Transition (H.I.T) program. Wood works directly with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), a student-led organization designed to advise the Razorback athletic department administration on the student-athlete experience at the University of Arkansas and direct community service and other projects on behalf of the Razorbacks. In 2010-11, SAAC initiated a new department sportsmanship award and coordinated more than 3,300 hours of community service by Razorback student-athletes. Wood is also coordinating the department’s Trailblazers program, a year-long recognition of the first African-American student-athletes in various Razorback sports. Six former Razorback student-athletes were honored on campus in the spring with two others scheduled to be recognized this fall. “I am appreciative of the commitment Jeff Long and our entire athletic department has made to student-athlete development,” Wood said. “Our student-athlete development staff will continue to work to meet the needs of our Razorback student-athletes and establish the model program in the country. I am proud of the progress we have made in the past two years and grateful for the support from our coaches as we invest in the holistic development of our student-athletes.”



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