Bethesda-Chevy Chase field hockey Coach Amy Wood has stepped down after 19 seasons running one of the area’s most successful programs, a tenure that included 10 state championships and 16 state tournament appearances.
Wood is pursuing a doctorate degree in pharmacy, and said she would be unable to commit this season to coaching full-time.
“I couldn’t guarantee that I could be at everything,” Wood said. “If there was a game and I had a class, I couldn’t go.”
Wood, who played collegiate field hockey at Connecticut, took over at Bethesda-Chevy Chase in 1993.
The following year, the Barons began a string of nine consecutive state championships that set a national record at the time and remains a state record in Maryland.
Wood also led the Barons to a state title in 2004, and to the state final in 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2011.
“It’s not about just winning state championships,” Wood said. “It’s about getting something out of your kids and making your kids better people. What makes me proudest is what [my players] did after B-CC and what they do now.”
Wood said that depending on who replaces her, she would like to continue helping the program in a lesser capacity.
“It’s going to be very different,” Wood said. “It’s about being with the kids. That’s what I’ll miss the most.”