JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 17, 2010) - Head ETSU softball coach Brad Irwin announced Wednesday morning that Mariam Wood (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) has signed her national letter of intent to play for the Bucs starting in 2011.
"I am excited to have Mariam join our Buccaneer softball program and I am proud to have a player of her caliber as my first signee at ETSU," said Irwin. "She comes from an outstanding high school program where she has excelled both on the field and in the classroom. Miriam plays for a great and legendary coach in Clifford Kirk, so she definitely knows how to play the game and how to win. She also comes from a solid travel team as she plays for the Frost Falcons."
Winning was a strong suit for Wood and the Soddy Daisy softball team in 2010 after she helped guide the Trojans to a 52-2 record en route to capturing the Class AAA State Championship. In addition, Soddy Daisy was ranked in the top five in two national polls - including a fourth-place showing by ESPN Rise.
During the championship year, Wood hit an astounding .427 with three home runs, 10 doubles and 49 RBI. In addition, Wood was named Second Team Best of Preps and Team MVP as a junior. As a sophomore, the Soddy Daisy, Tenn. product hit .369 at the plate.
"Mariam is strong asset at Soddy Daisy as she has played several positions for coach Kirk, and I really like her versatility," added Irwin. "We look forward to using her primarily at first and third when she arrives at ETSU, but we know we have other options with her if they become needed."
Wood is a hard-working student-athlete and she plans to enter ETSU's biology/pre-pharmacy program in the fall of 2011.