Nicolle Wood has been the head coach of the women's soccer program since 2007. Wood served as the top assistant women's soccer coach at Salem State University for a decade prior to taking over the program. She is a 1995 SSU graduate, having played goalkeeper for the Lady Vikings from 1991 through 1994 and was a member of four Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference championship teams.
The 2017 Coach of the Year has coached 15, 1st Team All MASCAC Selections and 29, 2nd Team All MASCAC Selections. Wood also served on the SSU coaching staff when the Lady Vikings captured the 1999 and 2004 league crowns. She is the only SSU player or coach who has played a role in seven of the program's nine MASCAC titles since college added women's varsity soccer at NCAA Division 3 level in 1986. Wood participated in three NCAA tournaments and one ECAC tournament during her playing days and helped the Lady Vikings capture back-to-back (2002 & 2003) ECAC New England championships when she served as an assistant coach at SSU.
Wood, who worked as Director of Programs at High Performance Sports, INC in Peabody for four years prior to taking over the SSU women's program, has been a featured presenter at Massachusetts Youth Soccer conferences and special events, including state-wide meetings, coaching education courses, and Olympic Development Program events. She has also been a head coach for FC Bolts for the past 10 years.
In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Coach Wood is also the Coordinator for Student-Athlete Affairs and the Senior Woman Administrator for Athletics. Wood has also served on many regional and national committees, including the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee for Soccer and the NCAA Working Group on Diversity and Inclusion. In 2015 she was named a finalist for the Giant Steps Award by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports. Giant Steps Awards are given to individuals who use sport to make positive social change and are leaders for their communities. She is a 1995 cum laude graduate of the SSU Sports, Movement Science program and is currently a candidate for the Master of Sports Administration program at Northeastern University.