Scotti Wood, who spent five seasons as Kilgore College’s basketball coach and led the Lady Rangers to 90 wins during that span, died on Saturday.
Wood, the wife of former Kilgore College President Dr. Bill Holda, was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in March.
In five seasons at KC, Wood carved out a 90-63 record. She led the Lady Rangers to the regional tournament four times and had just one losing season.
Wood was the second coach in the history of the Lady Rangers’ program, taking over for Hall of Fame coach Evelyn Blalock for the 1998-99 season and leading KC to a 16-12 record.
Her second KC team finished 15-16 overall and 6-8 in the conference, losing to Tyler in the regional tournament opener. KC finished 18-13 the next season and fell to Trinity Valley in the tournament opener, and in 2001-02, the Lady Rangers put together a 22-10 season — finishing 10-6 in conference play and defeating Paris in the opening round of the conference tournament before falling to TVCC in the second round.
Wood’s final KC team went 19-12 overall and 11-7 in the conference, and lost to Paris in the first round of the league tournament.
Wood helped lead her high school team, Rivercrest, to a state title in 1980, and then played for two seasons at Tyler Junior College before finishing her playing career at Southern Methodist University.
She taught and coached in public schools for 10 years, and then coached at Temple Junior College before coming to Kilgore.
Wood was inducted into the Tyler Junior College Circle of Honor in 2009.
From her obituary, provided by the family:
As her daughters were entering middle school, she knew she needed more time for them. She went back to college, earned a degree in counseling and became a licensed professional counselor.
She served Sabine High School, Good Shepherd Medical Center, and opened a private practice, specializing in complex trauma counseling using EMDR. She was the “go-to” person in East Texas for complex trauma, PTSD, and dissociative disorders. As she fought cancer, her clients poured out tributes to her for breaking the cycle of generational trauma and influencing generations to come. Her counseling became her passion that replaced her zest for coaching.
Scotti earned degrees in mathematics, education, counseling, and psychology. At the time of her death, she had earned Bachelor’s degree, two Master’s degrees, and a Ph.D in psychology. She also earned all of the advanced certifications for EMDR and was Emdria certified.
Scotti is survived by her husband, Dr. Bill Holda and six children: Patricia Kanuch, John Holda and his wife Heather Conklin, Liz Holda, Nick Holda, Lindsay McClain and Allissa McClain. Additionally, Scotti is survived by her parents, Wake and Beth Wood, her brother Stan and his wife Sandy, grandchildren Warren, Clara, Olivia and Aurora, nieces Liz and Samantha Wood, her aunts Mary Little and Peggy Hadaway of Cooper, Denise Deel of Sulphur Springs, Geneva Voetter of Houston, and an uncle, Randy Wood of Cooper in addition to extended family and many cousins.