Jim Wood (American football)

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Jim Wood
Biographical details
Born (1936-07-27) July 27, 1936 (age 84)
Tonkawa, Oklahoma
Playing career
1956–1958 Oklahoma State
1959 Calgary Stampeders
1959 BC Lions
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1962–1963 Allan Hancock College (assistant)
1964–1967 New Mexico State (assistant)
1968–1972 New Mexico State
1973 Calgary Stampeders (assistant)
1973–1975 Calgary Stampeders
Head coaching record
Overall21–30–1 (college)
10–19 (CFL)
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
First-team All-American (1958)

Jim Wood (born July 27, 1936) is an American former gridiron football player and coach. He played college football at the end position at Oklahoma State University from 1956 to 1958. He was selected by the American Football Coaches Association as a first-team end on its 1958 College Football All-America Team, [1] and as a third-team player by the Associated Press. [2] [3] At the end of the 1958 season, an experiment was conducted in which data from 145 football coaches was input into a Univac computer to determine who was the best college football player in the country. The computer ranked Wood as the nation's second best player behind George Deiderich of Vanderbilt. [4] Wood capped his collegiate career by leading Oklahoma State to a 15–6 victory over Florida State in the 1958 Bluegrass Bowl.

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Wood later coached at the collegiate and professional levels, including a five-year stint as the head coach at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico from 1968 to 1972. [5] He was the head coach for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) from 1973 to 1975.

Head coaching record

College

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffs
New Mexico State Aggies (NCAA University Division independent)(1968–1971)
1968 New Mexico State 5–5
1969 New Mexico State 5–5
1970 New Mexico State 4–6
1971 New Mexico State 5–5–1
New Mexico State Aggies (Missouri Valley Conference)(1972)
1972 New Mexico State2–91–37th
New Mexico State:21–30–11–3
Total:21–30–1

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References

  1. "Grid Coaches Select Team". Eugene Register-Guard. December 7, 1958.
  2. "Iowa's Randy Duncan Heads AP's All-American Team". Salisbury Times. Salisbury, Maryland.
  3. "Randy Hawkins Heads A.P. All-America Team". Reading Eagle. December 4, 1958. p. 34.
  4. "Oklahoma State Says Wood Is Nation's "Best" Gridder". The Spokesman-Review (AP story). December 11, 1958. p. 18.
  5. Gove, Chris (December 19, 1998). "Quanah's Wood ends distinguished coaching career". Amarillo Globe-News. Retrieved January 26, 2018.