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. As a graduate assistant coach at the University of Tennessee during the peak of her athletic career she developed many Conference Champions, All Americans, and Olympians. Her research focused on the effects of strength training on skill acquisition and sport performance.
Dr. Wood is a USATF/IAAF Coaching Education Level 2 and 3 instructor, a reviewer for the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education, and serves on the National Committee for the Accreditation of Coaching Education of the United States Center for Coaching Excellence.
She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and holds USA Weightlifting's Advanced Sport Performance Certification
Dr. Wood is currently the Dean of Graduate Studies at Huntington College of Health Sciences and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and Assistant Track Coach at South Doyle High School in Knoxville, TN.
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 with concentrations in Motor Learning, Sport Psychology, and Research Design/Statistical Analysis.