Waxahachie’s new head baseball coach met with parents Tuesday at the Ninth Grade Academy for an informal ‘get-to-know-you session’ as the new school year draws closer.

Tracy Wood, who comes to Waxahachie after spending the last eight years in Corsicana, explained his everything from his philosophies about baseball to how he runs his offseason program.

Wood said it is important to sit down with parents and explain a few things before getting started a new job.

“It was time to let people meet me and get this thing rolling,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting here and getting started with this program.”

With the players spread out across Waxahachie at jobs and some across the nation at baseball tournaments, Wood decided Tuesday should be just him and the parents.

“It’s near impossible to get all the kids together during the summer,” he said. “What I’ve done with them is try to reach each of them by phone just to let them know who I am.

“I told them to call and let me know how their summer teams are doing. If they go 3 for 4 I want to know and if they go 0 for 3 I want to know.”

Wood told the parents he comes to Waxahachie with high expectations, but that he won’t use the words state championship because of how special they are.

He also explained that the only things coaches will be critical of are effort and attitude.

“The only thing they have full control over is attitude,” Wood said. “Everyone needs to know what I expect and that our expectations as a program are going to be high.”

As with any new job, Wood’s excitement level has been rejuvenated since taking over the baseball program at Waxahachie.

“I’m very passionate about baseball and about what I do,” he said. “Right now I’m just trying to get here. I can’t wait to get going.”

Wood spent time at Athens and Grand Saline before his stint in Corsicana.