Head softball coach Jenny Allard announced the hiring of Lacy Wood as her top assistant in August of 2015.
“I am excited to welcome Lacy to our coaching staff and the athletic department,” said Allard. “Her competitive fire and extensive coaching experience will help us continue the tradition of excellence in our program. She will be an effective coach and mentor to our student-athletes.”
Wood made an immediate impact on the Crimson, helping the team to the best Ivy League record, 16-4, earning it the North Division title in 2016. Harvard's pitching and defense also excelled, highlighted by Morgan Groom earning Ivy League Pitcher of the Year honors and the Crimson leading the conference in fielding percentage that same season.
In 2017, Wood had a hand in leading the Crimson to its second-straight appearance in the Ivy League Championship series.
The following year in 2018, Wood helped Harvard capture its seventh Ivy League championship, and sixth appearance in the NCAA regionals with a sweep of Dartmouth in the Ivy League Championship Series. Finishing the season with a 23-18 overall record, including a 14-7 mark agianst Ivy opponents, seven Harvard players earned All-Ivy recognition, while Katie Duncan was tabbed as the 2018 Ivy League Pitcher of the Year. Additionally, Duncan and junior Rhianna Rich were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District, while the pair was joined by senior Maddy Kaplan and junior Meagan Lantz to earn NFCA All-Region honors.
Wood came to Harvard after a three-year stint as an assistant at Eastern Kentucky. In each of her three seasons on staff with the Colonels, the team ERA dropped and the team fielding percentage rose. A total of nine players garnered All-Ohio Valley Conference honors, with two also picking up all-region honors. Administratively, Wood was responsible for organizing practices, team travel, running camps and recruiting at EKU.
Wood, a former first team All-America at Louisville, began her collegiate coaching career with the Cardinals as a volunteer during the 2012 season. Louisville posted a 55-5 record that year, finishing as the NCAA regional runner-up and conference champion. Wood provided hitting and defensive instruction during practices, while also assisting with all aspects of game preparation.
During her playing career, Wood was a four-year letterwinner with the Cardinals and two-time captain. Her stellar play behind the plate resulted in three all-conference (C-USA-2004, Big East 2005-06) selections and an All-America nod in 2006. She has served as an instructor at the Louisville Softball Camp since 2002.
Other softball positions Wood held prior to her return to Louisville included serving as the head coach at Presentation Academy and providing private instruction with premier and elite 13U fast pitch players.
Wood graduated from the University of Louisville in 2006 with a degree in sociology.