Building on Success
Ian Wood steps into role as the third head athletic trainer in Bucknell’s history
By William Bowman
New head athletic trainer Ian Wood treats football player Cinjun Erskine ’ 20.
“It’s a challenge following someone
who has been here for 31 years,” says
Wood. (Keppler’s predecessor, Hal
Biggs, was here even longer — 38
years.) “Obviously, Mark leaves some
big shoes to fill. But I’m 6-foot- 7.
I have pretty big feet to put into
those shoes,” he says with a smile.
The transition to his new role as
associate athletic director for sports
medicine early this year offered
Wood the opportunity to observe
the program before implementing
any significant changes heading into
fall. He understands he will oversee
an experienced group of trainers
at Bucknell. “When you come
into a place like this, with so much
experience, you don’t come in like a
bull,” Wood says.
Wood was a full-time trainer at
the United States Military Academy
before shifting to the University of
Wisconsin for six years. Wood then
spent another six years as chief of
sports medicine with the U.S. Army
World Class Athlete Program in
Fort Carson, Colo., and then became
director of sports medicine at
Spending six years working with
the military’s Olympic athletes
remains a highlight for Wood,
who traveled the globe with the
Army’s Greco-Roman wrestlers.
“There is nothing like seeing the
Stars and Stripes raised in a foreign
country,” he says. “It was an awesome
experience.” He expects his years at
Bucknell will be equally inspiring.
ive years ago, Ian Wood embraced the challenge of replacing someone who was regarded as
an institution. Now, as he tackles a similar task at Bucknell University — this time as just the
third head athletic trainer at Bucknell in 70 years — Wood understands what lies ahead. F
Wood replaced Mark Keppler, the
University’s head trainer for the last
31 years, arriving in February from
Colorado College, where Wood also
had succeeded a trainer with a more
than three-decade legacy.