Ponca City Public Schools has named Madeline Wood as the head coach for Lady Cat Soccer program, pending board approval. Coach Wood will assume this role that was held by Kelli Kinkaid. Previously, Coach Wood spent time as the head coach at Azle High School and as an assistant coach at Northwest High School and Denton Braswell High School. She is entering her sixth year as a high school soccer coach and math teacher. Her program and coaching philosophies revolve around making the athletes better humans, better students, and better soccer players.
Madeline has coached for six years for North Texas Soccer within the Olympic Development Program. During this time, she spent the first four years as an assistant coach with the ’04, ’05, and ’06 age groups and the last two years as a state head coach for the ’06 age group. In 2022, one of her players was selected among all of the age groups as the North Texas Soccer Olympic Development Program Girls Most Valuable Player. In 2020 and 2021, Coach Wood’s age group had the most North Texas players selected to the Regional Pool. Starting in July of 2022, she will be serving as a coach on the Olympic Development Program South Region Staff.
Wood played soccer for four years at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma from 2012 to 2016. During her time at OSU, she received the Academic All-Big XII First Team, NCAA Big XII Honor Roll, 4x Oklahoma State University Scholar-Athlete Award, 2013 Big XII Tournament Finalist, 2014 Big XII Regular Season Runner-Up, and 2013 and 2014 Division I NCAA Tournament Appearances.
She played club ball for Solar Red ’94 Girls and Solar White ’94 Girls. During this time, she received 2010 National Champion, Disney Soccer Showcase Champion in 2009 and 2010, 2010 Elite Club National League 6th Place, 2009 Red Bull National League Finalist, 2010 Region III Championships Champion, 2008 Region III Championships Finalist, Region III Premier League West Runner-Up in 2007, 2008, and 2009, North Texas State Cup Champion in 2008 and 2012, and Lake Highlands Girls Classic League Division I Grand Champion in 2007 and 2009.
Madeline Wood, new head coach for Lady Cat Soccer
Coach Wood also played for the North Texas Soccer Olympic Development Program. She made the North Texas state team from 2006 to 2011 and was selected to the Region III Pool in 2010.
Wood played soccer at Northwest High School during her freshman and senior year. She was a Varsity-letter and an all-district selection both seasons. In her sophomore year at Northwest, she competed in varsity cross country and track and was a regional qualifier in cross country.
“I am excited to move to Oklahoma to start working with the players and the coaching staff. With the school and community culture that Ponca City already has, I know we are going to achieve great things. I am excited to teach the athletes about the developmental process, the ‘why’ of the soccer tactics we will utilize, and how to be the best versions of themselves they can be as a person, as a student, and as a soccer player. With my knowledge of the game developed through my playing and coaching background, I am looking forward to growing the Lady Wildcat Soccer program beginning this fall,” said Wood.
“We are thrilled to have Coach Wood join our Wildcat family and to lead the growth and development of our Lady Cat Soccer program,” said athletic director Jason Leavitt.