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Manhattan College Names Jerry Wood Head Golf Coach

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 07/25/2011
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RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan College graduate Jerry Wood has been named head coach of the Jaspers' men's golf program, Athletic Director Bob Byrnes announced today.  Wood, a 1975 Manhattan graduate, takes over for Walter Olsewski, who retired to focus on his duties as head coach of the men's and women's swimming teams.

"We are fortunate that a former Jasper golfer has accepted our coaching position," Byrnes said.  "Jerry has been an extremely effective business leader and talented teacher whose skills will transfer over well to make us a regionally competitive program in the years ahead."

An accomplished player, Wood finished in the top 10 at the 2010 Long Island Senior Open and reached the semifinals of the 2009 Havemeyer Senior Invitational.  He has also qualified for the Long Island Amateur and Travis Golf Tournament.  A member of both the Huntington Country Club and Garden City Golf Club, Wood set a record at Huntington by qualifying for the club championship 36 consecutive years, winning it once.  In addition, he received Huntington's first caddy scholarship in 1971 and currently chairs the scholarship committee, which awards $15,000 annually.

"In managing a very high-end sales force at Morgan Stanley, I found there were several things required for success.  You needed to set goals, motivate the individuals, and also set standards for them to perform.  I think the combination of those and the knowledge I have from playing competitively are a good combination to help these student-athletes (on the golf team)," Wood said.

Wood graduated Magna Cum Laude from Manhattan with a degree in accounting.  As a senior, he served as captain of the golf team and received the Jasper Award, which goes to the graduating student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA.  He received an MBA in finance from New York University in 1980.  Wood has worked at Morgan Stanley for 30 years.

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