In her sixth season with the Acadia Axewomen, Michelle Wood brings a wealth of experience as a player, mentor, educator and coach. Wood plans to maximize her most recent professional development opportunity from this past summer where she was an Assistant Coach with the FISU Women’s Volleyball Team Canada in Taipei, China. Wood first began her stint with the National Team programs in 2015 where she assisted Canada in achieving a sixth place finish at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea.
As an athlete with Team Ontario, Wood captured the gold medal at the 2005 Canada Games prior to attending the University of Toronto from 2005 – 2010 to compete with the Varsity Blues. In addition to being named a CIS Academic All-Canadian, Wood excelled as a two-time Libero of the Year in the Ontario University Athletics conference (OUA), she was an OUA All-Star and the recipient of the OUA Award of Merit. In 2010, Wood co-captained the OUA championship Varsity Blues, where she was named the Championship MVP. That season Wood was nominated for the prestigious CIS Terese Quigley Award and CIS Libero of the Year.
Starting her coaching career while still competing, Wood coached Team Ontario from 2009 - 2013. In 2010 Wood head coached the 18U program to a gold medal followed by a silver medal in 2011 at the National Team Challenge Cup. After competing in the 2009 Canada Games, Wood returned to Head Coach Team Ontario at the 2013 Canada Games in Sherbrooke. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Education, Wood joined the University of Toronto volleyball team as an Assistant Coach in 2011, under well–respected and long–time head coach Kristine Drakich and helped bring home an OUA bronze medal.
Beyond her coaching duties, Wood gained experience with the administrative aspects of sport through her work in the University of Toronto Advancement and Alumni Office where she assisted in fundraising initiatives and campaigns. She is currently the Director of Acadia Sport Camps, which provides sport specific and adventure camp programming to youth within the Annapolis Valley.
Since arriving in Nova Scotia, Wood has created development and mentorship opportunities for both athletes and coaches as the Founder and Director of the Axe Volleyball Club program and as a mentor coach with Volleyball Nova Scotia. In 2016, Wood was named Volleyball Nova Scotia’s Volunteer of the Year.