Wood has more than 26 years of coaching experience in the college and National Football League (NFL) ranks including four years as the head coach of
“We are excited and extremely fortunate to add Alex Wood to our staff,” Nutt said. “He brings a level of experience in both the college and pro game that few other coaches can offer. He is a gifted teacher and cares passionately about his players. Among his many success stories, he developed Daunte Culpepper into one of the NFL’s most prolific quarterbacks. As a former offensive and defensive coordinator, he knows every aspect of the game and is a valuable addition to our staff.”
A former running back and special teams player at the University of Iowa (1975-77), Wood he graduated from Iowa in 1979 with a degree in secondary education and social studies. He also began his coaching career as a student assistant at his alma mater in 1978.
His first full-time coaching position came at
Wood spent two seasons (1985-86) tutoring wide receivers and tight ends at the
From 1989-93, Wood was part of one of the most successful college football programs in the nation. Wood served as the running backs coach under Dennis Erickson for the Miami Hurricanes. During Wood’s tenure, the Hurricanes won two national championships (1989 and 1991) including a perfect 12-0 season in 1991.
In 1995, Wood was named as the head football coach at
Wood moved into the pro ranks in 1999 when he was hired by Dennis Green as the quarterbacks’ coach of the Minnesota Vikings. He spent four seasons with the Vikings’ organization. In his first year with the team, the Vikings selected Culpepper in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft. Although a first-round draft pick, Culpepper was the fourth quarterback taken in the draft. By Culpepper’s second season, the young star not only took over the starting quarterback job but earned a start for the National Football Conference (NFC) in the Pro Bowl. He tied for the NFL lead with 33 passing touchdowns and ranked second in the NFC with 3,937 yards. Culpepper also set team records for rushing yards (470) and rushing touchdowns (7) by a quarterback. Culpepper led the Vikings to the NFC Central championship and a spot in the conference championship game.
In 2001, Culpepper was lost to a season-ending injury but still managed to finish third in the NFC in completion percentage (64.2). The Culpepper-Wood combination was back at it again in 2002. Culpepper spearheaded the NFL’s second-ranked offensive unit and in the process the Vikings’ quarterback finished second in the NFC in passing yardage (3,853) for the second time in Wood’s tenure.
Wood was named wide receivers coach by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003. In his one year in
In 2004, Wood rejoined Green on the staff of the Arizona Cardinals. Wood served one season as the offensive coordinator for the Cardinals overseeing the offensive staff and handling play-calling responsibilities.
Wood, 50, is a native of