Dr. Denise K. Wood is a sport scientist, educator, and strength coach from Knoxville, TN with special expertise in motor behavior and sport psychology. For over 40 years she has worked successfully with youth athletes to Olympians with techniques that combine Olympic weightlifting, Eastern European methods, and applications of motor behavior concepts and principles.
Dr. Wood is former collegiate champion, USA Track and Field National Champion, and world class competitor who was a perennial member of the US Team as a thrower during the 1970s and 1980s. She was mentored by elite Olympic weightlifters and a former Soviet coach.
As a graduate assistant coach at the University of Tennessee during the peak of her athletic career, Dr. Wood worked with D1 coaches to develop many Conference Champions, All Americans, and Olympians by integrating motor behavior principles with Olympic weightlifting derivatives and Eastern European programming.
As a career educator, Dr. Wood has taught from K-12 to the doctoral level. She is currently a professor and Dean of Graduate Studies at Huntington University of Health Sciences.
She serves as an instructor with USA Track and Field/International Association of Athletic Federations (USTAF/IAAF) Coaching Education at Levels 2 and 3, a reviewer and member the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE), and is on the NCACE Subcommittee of the United States Center for Coaching Excellence.
Dr. Wood holds the NSCA's Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and USA Weightlifting's Advanced Sport Performance Certification. She is currently the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and an 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 Behavior and Sport Psychology, and Research Design/Statistical Analysis.