Dr. Denise K. Wood is an educator and sports training consultant from Knoxville, TN with special expertise in strength and conditioning and skill acquisition. A professional educator and coach, for over 40 years she has worked with a wide range of clients from student-athletes to Olympians, instructors, and coaches.
Dr. Wood is a former USA Track and Field National Champion and world class competitor who represented the US on numerous National Teams during the 1970s and 1980s. Her training was influenced by elite Olympic weightlifters and a former Soviet coach. She conducted research on the effects of sports training on skill acquisition and sport performance as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Tennessee during the peak years of her athletic career, at which time she also she developed many Conference Champions, All Americans, and Olympians.
Dr. Wood is currently the Dean of Graduate Studies at Huntington College of Health Sciences where she teaches courses in research and exercise science. She also serves as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and Assistant Track Coach at South Doyle High School in Knoxville, TN. She conducts sports training clinics and private coaching sessions with selected athletes, groups, and teams.
Dr. Wood is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and member of USA Track and Field's Sport Science Faculty, where she presents at educational events and Level 2 and 3 Schools. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education.
Academically, Dr. Wood has been recognized for her work in exercise science, research design, and statistical analysis. She has been recognized by the Tennessee State Legislature for her leadership in higher education and served as President of the Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools.
She earned her B.A. from Montclair State University in Health and Physical Education with teacher licensure, and both her M.S. and Ed.D. in Exercise Science from The University of Tennessee. Her areas of concentration were Motor Learning, Social and Psychological Aspects of Sport, and Research Design and Statistical Analysis.