Another Wood brother to enter EMCC Sports Hall of Fame


Raleigh Wood as an assistant baseball coach at Starkville High School

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DANNY P. SMITH
Staff Writer

East Mississippi Community College will be adding another member of the Wood family to the Sports Hall of Fame this weekend.

After Marcus Wood was inducted into the EMCC Sports Hall of Fame last year, his brother Raleigh will get his turn in Scooba.

Raleigh Wood III, who was a pitcher for the Lions in the early 1980s and became a successful assistant baseball coach at Starkville High School, will be a part of this year's 10-person class.

“It’s a real honor to be included in that,” Raleigh Wood said. “I was really surprised.”

Wood has 30-plus years of experience within Mississippi’s public school system as a teacher, coach and administrator.

That journey began in his hometown of Starkville as Wood was an assistant coach on Danny Carlisle’s staff with the Starkville High School Yellow Jackets. Wood was a part of three Class 5A State championships with the Yellow Jackets.

Carlisle is proud of Wood's accomplishments over the years and called his induction into the EMCC Sports Hall of Fame was "a well-deserved honor."

“He played for me, then I hired him as an assistant coach and he did a great job there,” Carlisle said. “He worked with the pitchers and outfielders.

“He’s an outstanding human being. He is a good guy, a good baseball man and a good family man. I can’t say enough good things about him.”

Wood went on to become the head baseball coach at Winona and Grenada, then began his administration career within the Grenada School District and has served as elementary school principal since 2012.

Each stop was important along the journey for Wood, but he remembers the time at his alma mater as an assistant baseball coach at SHS fondly.

“It has been a great ride,” Wood said. “When I was over at Starkville, we had great athletes. I got to work with coach Carlisle, had a big time and learned a lot of baseball from him. We were fortunate to have a lot of good baseball players during that time and had some great seasons.”

Even though an arm injury and surgery cut his EMCC pitching career short, Wood valued his time playing baseball for the Lions.

“I really enjoyed it,” Wood said. “It was a great time for me. I had an arm injury and had surgery, but I learned a lot from the coaches there. That was a big thing for me. I was able to take some of those fundamentals when I was over at Starkville and went on to Grenada.”

The 2018 EMCC Hall of Fame class will be honored with a reception and banquet on Friday night at the F.R. Young Student Union on the Scooba campus. The group will also be introduced to the crowd during a halftime ceremony at Saturday’s 2 p.m. homecoming football game against Holmes Community College at Sullivan-Windham Field.

Ironically, the Holmes Community College Athletic Director is Raleigh’s brother Andy. Raleigh looks forward to sharing the weekend with his family.

“I’ll see Joe (brother), I’ll see Andy and Marcus,” Raleigh said. “I’ll get to see everybody.”

Along with Wood, the other members of the 2018 class are Larry Anderson, Jack Lewis Dudley, Lynn Ethridge Roberson, Mary Ann Hodges Fulton, Lance Lewis, Mike Luke, Kate Neely McCarty, Dwane Taylor, and Larry Vick.

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