Jay Hood came to DePauw with a wealth of experience, serving as a defensive coordinator at all three levels of NCAA football in addition to a stint as a head coach.
Hood began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Bowling Green State University before moving on to Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) where he was the defensive backfield coach for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference champions who earned a postseason appearance.
He stayed in the RMAC with a move to Fort Hays State where he was the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator in addition to serving as an instructor of health, physical education and recreation. Fort Hays won a conference championship and earned two postseason playoff appearances during his time there.
Hood then returned to Mesa State for four seasons as the head football coach where his recruiting efforts resulted in an increase in the roster size from 75 to 105 student-athletes with one-third of the team above a 3.0 grade point avereage.
He then served as an assistant at Millikin University for six seasons where he coached the defensive backs and was special teams coordinator in his first season and defensive coordinator for the next five campaigns. He also was the assistant head coach for the Big Blue for three seasons. During that time Millikin put together a 46-14 record including two Division III postseason trips and College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin titles in 1998 and 2000.
A return trip to Fort Hays as defensive coordinator in 2004 followed as the Tigers finished with a 6-5 mark. Hood then joined the Miami University staff as defensive line coach before being promoted to defensive coordinator for the 2007 and 2008 seasons and associate head coach in 2008. The Redhawks won the Mid-American East title in 2007 and the defensive unit led the conference in rushing, passing, total and scoring defense. Additionally, the 2005 squad captured MAC East co-championship.
Hood coached the defensive ends at Ball State in 2009 and moved up to defensive coordinator while coaching the safeties in 2010. The 2010 team ranked 11th in the nation in interceptions and 21st in turnovers gained.
His most recent college coaching position was at Western Carolina where he coach the linebackers before one season at Smoky Mountain High School as defensive coordinator and linebacker coach.
Hood was a three-time captain at Ohio Wesleyan and was inducted into the Battling Bishops' Hall of Fame in 2004. A three-time all-conference honorable mention quarterback, Hood graduated with career school records for completions (425), attempts (856), passing yards (4469), total plays (1147) and total offense yards (4287).
He earned a bachelor of arts degree in health and physical education from Ohio Wesleyan and graduated magna cum laude. He later earned a master of education degree in athletic administration from Bowling Green.
His father, Wally Hood, was a long-time football coach and held head coaching positions at Ohio Northern, Otterbein and Fairmont State.