Jared Wood begins his playing career with the Dallas Spirits Open (18+) during the 2017 campaign. Jared played baseball throughout high school in Waurika, Oklahoma, for which he received All-Conference Pitcher honors all four years. During his junior year, he recorded a 1.00 ERA which earned him All-State honors and the All-District Pitcher of the Year Award for the Southwest Region of Oklahoma. His junior season also drew the attention of Stanford, Oklahoma State, and several junior colleges, but, unfortunately, his career was cut short when he tore his rotator cuff early in his senior season. He graduated in 2006, and walked away from baseball for 10 years before joining the DFW-ABA.
Jared went on to earn a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Louisville. He is currently a Professor of Ecology and Conservation at Southwestern Adventist University. Wood has been married to his wife, Heather, for seven years, and together they have a 10-year-old son, Drake (who is already better at baseball than he ever was or will be), and a 6-year-old daughter, Dina. He and his family currently reside in Burleson, Texas along with their dog, Brennan, and two parrots, Radar and Gandy.