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After 19 seasons, 10 state champions and 277 victories, Bethesda-Chevy Chase field hockey coach Amy Wood has decided to step down, citing her pursuit of a doctorate in pharmacy online at the University of Florida too time-consuming to resume her coaching career.

“I started in April and I found out I wasn't going to be able to do everything I wanted,” Wood said. “It is so time consuming. I can barely do it with my full-time job now. It's way more intense that I thought it was going to be.”

Wood set a national record with nine straight state championships from 1994-2002 and captured another state crown in 2004 and finished her career with a 277-44-9 record, including reaching the 4A state final this past fall. The Barons reached the state tournament 16 times in her 19 years, including the state final in 2003, '03, '07 and 2011.

Although acknowledging that leaving B-CC was difficult, earning her doctorate, a three-year plan through Florida's Working Professional Doctor of Pharmacy program, Wood said “this is something I really want to do and after 19 years, I'm pretty close to experiencing everything I wanted to do in coaching.”

Wood said depending on whom her replacement is, she may look to help out the program on a part-time basis.

jpeters@gazette.net