Kyle Wood - Sports Reporter

Sports Reporter

I started writing about sports when my shot at a career playing them fizzled out. I covered high school sports when I was in high school and worked my way up to covering football at the University of Florida in the conference where It Just Means More. I cut my teeth at The Independent Florida Alligator and have experience at the Orlando Sentinel and Gainesville Sun covering sports and beyond. Now, I'm a sports intern at the Tampa Bay Times. I like reading, listening to sports podcasts, Chipotle and generally writing more about the people doing the running, throwing and catching than the sports themselves.

  1. The Rowdies' Lucky Mkosana moves the ball down the field against Atlanta United 2 during their USL Championship league game on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at Al Lang Stadium. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  2. Tampa Bay Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier lines up to catch a fly ball hit by Yoshi Tsutsugo during a simulated game Friday at Tropicana Field. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  3. Select members of Ralph's Mob will be on hand Saturday night to cheer on the Rowdies vs. Atlanta United 2. [Times (2019)]
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  5. Tampa Bay Rowdies coach Neill Collins celebrates with players in a match against Memphis 901 FC at Al Lang Stadium last August. [MATT MAY  |  Tampa Bay Rowdies]
  6. Rowdies players work out on the field in May at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  7. Tampa Bay Rowdies players work out on the field together at Al Lang on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in St. Petersburg.  [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  8. Then-Florida State head football coach Willie Taggart watches an NCAA college basketball game with his son's Jackson and Willie, Jr. in Tallahassee in this 2019 photo. Now at Florida Atlantic, Taggart's 2021 recruiting class is the best in Conference USA. [MARK WALLHEISER  |  AP]
  9. Rowdies players work out on the field at Al Lang Stadium in May. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  10. Tampa Bay Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier signs autographs for fans before a game vs. the Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field last August. [Times (2019)]
  11. The son of Hillsborough High head coach Earl Garcia, assistant Earl Garcia III, congratulates Joseph Sipp Jr. (No. 2), after a play last season. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
  12. Armwood's Charles Montgomery is one of three rising seniors from Hillsborough County currently committed to the University of Florida. [Times (2019)]
  13. Standout Plant City wide receiver Mario Williams committed to Oklahoma in May. Only hitch? He hasn't been to the Norman campus. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  14. Former Major League Baseball star Gary Sheffield pals around with son Jaden, 17, between Florida Heat games at the Helen S. Howarth Community Park in Pinellas Park recently. [BOYZELL HOSEY              |  Times]
  15. Noah Lewis Jr., an assistant football coach at Tampa Bay Tech, with son Noah III, daughter Aubrey and girlfriend Kinsley Goldberg. [                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 |  Courtesy of Noah Lewis Jr.]
  16. Armwood lineman Desmond Watson thinks he can see through fake college coaches. "I feel like I can tell when somebody is just trying to get me to be there just to be there and somebody who actually cares." [Times (2019)]
  17. USF pitcher and Bishop McLaughlin alumnus Carson Ragsdale was selected in the fourth round by the Phillies. [USF Athletics]
  18. Miami pitcher Slade Cecconi went in the first competitive-balance round, 33rd overall, to the Diamondbacks. [AARON DOSTER  |  Associated Press (2019)]
  19. The Orioles made Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad the second overall pick of the draft. [MATT PATTERSON  |  AP]
  20. According to, Florida pitcher Tommy Mace is the 69th-ranked prospect in the upcoming draft class. [BUTCH DILL  |  Associated Press (2019)]
  21. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians, pictured during training camp in July at the AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times]