Adam Wood is the new Harbor Springs High School Athletic Director.
Jessica Evans News Manager
Adam Wood is no stranger to northern Michigan, teaching, or athletics, and it's a love of all three that brought him to where he is today; the new athletic director for the Harbor Springs School District.
"This is a great opportunity for me," Wood said. "I've always respected Harbor Springs Public Schools, and I'm excited to work with the great people here and the kids to develop the most successful programs we can, both academically and athletically."
Wood, a Charlevoix native, graduated from Charlevoix High School in 2000 and attended Hope College to play basketball for a year before transferring to Grand Valley State University. There he received a degree in physical education and elementary education in 2006. He stayed in Grand Rapids for a year following graduation, as a coach and substitute teacher.
Most recently, Wood taught and coached in his hometown of Charlevoix, teaching kindergarten, first grade, and second grade physical education and computers. In addition to teaching, he has maintained a steady coaching career. Wood has coached girls middle school basketball and volleyball, and served as assistant coach for the JV football team. He was also the boys freshmen basketball coach for three years and served as head coach for the boys basketball team.
"In no way have I been bored over the last few years," he said with a smile. "This experience has helped me get to where I am today, which has made me very versatile, and I've learned a lot along the way. My experiences have really helped prepare me for this position."
Wood was selected out of 70-plus applicants and the school board unanimously supported the decision to hire him for the position.
Wood noted he has always had a passion for teaching and athletics and knew early on that he wanted to combine both into a career.
"I've always known I wanted to teach and coach," he said. "Taking this step as the district's athletic director lets me combine these two things. I love working with coaches and also with student athletes by helping them grow and succeed."
As far as any major changes for the district's athletic program, Wood said he plans to acclimate to the position and in time, evaluate and implement any necessary changes that need to take place.
"Right now I'm trying to take care of a lot of little things to get ready for the upcoming season," he said. "I will definitely make sure the athletic program here has a vision, though, with the focus on our kids and helping them become the best student athletes they can be."
When asked if it will be strange transitioning from a district that has long competed with Harbor Springs athletically, he had to chuckle.
"I'd be lying if I said this isn't going to be very different for me, since I grew up in Charlevoix," Wood said. "It is exciting though, and I have so much respect for Charlevoix and all the schools in the conference. Over the years, I've met so many great coaches and athletes. It's been a pleasure to be part of that, which is something I will continue to do; just as a Ram now."
Wood said he looks forward to becoming a part of the Harbor Springs community and getting to know everyone here.
"Being that I'm from northern Michigan, the small town atmosphere is a draw for me. Since I've been here, I'm extremely impressed with people I've met in this community and their commitment to excellence here."
"For me, this is the opportunity to continue to do what I love, which is working with kids and being part of athletics," Wood continued. "It's great to be part of a community that has been very successful in supporting their athletic program. I've learned pretty quickly that there are a lot of great people here who want the programs to be as successful as they can be; not only on the field, but in the classroom, and I'm excited to be part of that."