Between 1969 and 2001 the Waxahachie baseball program had only four coaches, two of which stayed for at least 11 years.
In the last six years the Indians have had three coaches, none of which stayed more than three years.
With the announcement of Tracy Wood as the new baseball coach on Monday, the school district hopes it has found the person that will provide leadership, championships and stability.
Wood, has been in Corsicana the last eight years is excited about his new position and the possibilities that lie ahead in Waxahachie.
“I’m very excited and having played Waxahachie the last few years, I know what they’re capable of,” he said. “It’s going to be a tough transition — Corsicana’s the only place my kids have known — but the reason I’m leaving is specific to Waxahachie.
“Waxahachie has a great tradition and the job intrigues me. It’s a situation where, with the team they have had, you come in with championship expectations.”
Wood led Corsicana to the regional semifinals the last two years and hopes to continue his string of deep playoff runs with the Indians.
“I coming to win a state championship,” he said. “I’ve had success here in Corsicana and other places and I’m going to bring that winning attitude with me.
“Waxahachie has a great tradition with a long tradition of great coaches. I’m sure there will see some little differences in philosophy, but I just want to add to the tradition and take the Indians to the next level.”
The new coach knows it will not be an easy transition for current Waxahachie baseball players as Wood will have to replace the entire staff once he arrives.
Having been a head coach at three different schools, he understands the key is getting everyone on the same page.
“It starts with the fact that everyone wants to win,” Wood said. “You have to have good fundamentals and you have to everyone buy into what you’re trying to sell.”
Wood comes into the position with a healthy knowledge of Waxahachie’s players after having played the Indians twice this year. Despite his familiarity, Wood said he will come in with an open mind.
“I know their hitters pretty well, but in a new job you have go in with an open mind,” he said. “It doesn’t take a lot to see that kids like Boomer (Collins), Colton (Cain) and Drew (Harrison) are good ball players, but we’re starting from scratch.
“Everyone’s going to have to prove it on the field.”
Wood still has responsibilities in Corsicana as he instructs a camp in conjunction with Navarro College the next two weeks.
He would like to get to Waxahachie as soon as possible to help his family get acclimated to the area, but with finding a new job for his wife, then selling and buying a house, he anticipates it will be a few weeks before meeting with the entire team.
“At this point my head is still spinning so I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get with everyone at the same time,” he said. “But I do plan on finding out where they are playing summer league ball and, wether they know I’m there or not, getting to watch them in action.”