Hood, who is a native of Marshall, Texas, enters his second year as the head coach after two years as an assistant coach at East Texas Baptist University. He has a strong coaching background that varies from summer ball to working with the Cleveland Indians as an associate scout.
During the spring 2015 season, ETBU finished with an overall record of 21-22 and a 10-17 record in American Southwest Conference play. Qualifying for the ASC Baseball Championship Tournament as the sixth-seeded team, ETBU won a 10-inning game over University of Texas Dallas and later defeated Howard Payne University. ETBU reached the third round of the tournament and ended with a 2-2 record.
The victories in the 2015 ASC Championship Tournament represented the program’s first-such wins dating back to the 2005 season. Additionally, the 21 victories were the most wins in a single season for the program going back to spring 2006, a season in which ETBU won 26 games.
At ETBU, Hood has coached several players to become some of the best on and off the field in the ASC. In Hood’s tenure at ETBU, the program has seen a number of players selected to the ASC All-Conference Teams, four ABCA All West Region Team selections, a Gold Glove Winner, an ASC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Team member, an ASC Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor Award winner, and over 20 Academic All-Conference Award winners.
“We are excited to have Jared stepping in as our new head baseball coach at ETBU,” said athletic director Kent Reeves at the time of Hood’s hiring. “He has a tremendous knowledge of the game of baseball and we look forward to him continuing to build this program.”
Hood received his first chance to coach collegiately at Hill College as an assistant for two years. In those two years, he recruited three players who were Major League Baseball draftees and coached in a program that produced five MLB draft picks.
Coaching in the summer leagues, Hood made stops as an assistant coach for the Cooperstown Hawkeyes of the New York Collegiate Baseball League in Cooperstown, New York, as well as the Dallas Patriots 18U travel baseball program. Last year, he was an associate scout for the Cleveland Indians.
In college, Hood started his playing career at Hill College before transferring to University of Texas-Tyler. After two seasons with Hill College, he had a productive pair of seasons for the Texas-Tyler Patriots, twice earning ASC All-East Division recognition as an outfielder.
In total, Hood finished with a career batting average of .367 and 20 home runs and 99 RBI. In 2008, he hit .390 with 25 extra-base hits and 50 RBI en route to being named an ASC All-East Division First Team honoree. As a senior in 2009, he batted .345 with 13 home runs and 49 RBI, earning ASC All-East Division Second Team recognition. Hood served as a captain during the 2009 season as the Texas-Tyler baseball team won the ASC Championship Tournament and qualified for the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship. He was selected to the ASC All-Tournament Team as a designated hitter.
Hood graduated from Texas-Tyler in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in health and kinesiology, and later completed his master’s of education in health and kinesiology in 2015. Jared is married to his wife Madison and they have two daughters, Avynn and McClane.
OVERALL RECORD FOR JARED HOOD
|2015||21-22||10-17 (7th)||2-2 (#6 seed)|