Louisiana Tech and Chief Football Coach Skip Wood have agreed to share, the school announced Friday.
Wood, 57, will coach his final game with the Bulldogs on Saturday against Rice.
“I and Skip have spoken and agreed that it is time for a change for both parties,” Eric Wood, vice president and director of athletics, said in a statement Friday. “Louisiana Tech has owed Skip a debt of gratitude for its loyalty and dedication to our football student-athletes, our university and our community over the past decade.”
Said Wood: “This is the right time for me to appreciate a new beginning in my career. I have had the privilege of mentoring young people and building football programs for more than 30 years, including the last nine as head coach of “Louisiana Tech … The last two seasons have brought additional challenges to our program, and I think it’s simply time for someone else to have the opportunity to lead this special group of young people.”
In nine years at Louisiana Tech, Wood has compiled a 64-49 record heading to Saturday’s final against the Owls. He led the Bulldogs to seven bowl appearances with six wins in those games.
The 2016 Conference USA Coach of the Year said that his coaching days are far from over.
“I’m not finished coaching football and have great passion and energy to continue to guide young people through the game that I love so much,” said Wood. “It’s just time for me to channel my energy elsewhere.”
Tech is 3-8 at the moment. Wood said a national search for a new coach would begin immediately.