Rick Wood rgbRick Wood is still involved in education as a school board member. He coached boys’ varsity basketball for 40 years, and the last 17 years were with West Henderson until he retired in 2006. Previously, he coached at Edneyville for two years. His Falcons were undefeated before falling in the 1992 state title game. The 1994-95 squad produced current boys varsity basketball coaches Joey Bryson at North Buncombe and Ronnie Coren at North Henderson, and Luke Manuel, who is West’s athletic director. Wood emphasized teamwork, sportsmanship, citizenship and academics. He taught history, most enjoying going over Civil War battles. His autobiography is “40 Seasons: The Life of a High School Basketball Coach.”

2014 Education Hall of Fame