Tom Wilson (American football)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Tom Wilson
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1944-02-24) February 24, 1944 (age 70)
Corsicana, Texas
Playing career
1963–1965 Texas Tech
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1966–1972
1975–1978
1978–1981
1984–1985
1986–1992
1993–1999
Texas Tech (assistant)
Texas A&M (OC)
Texas A&M
Texas Tech (OC)
Palestine HS (TX)
Corsicana HS (TX)
Head coaching record
Overall 21–19
Bowls 2–0
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse

Tom Wilson (born February 24, 1944) is a former American football player and coach. He served as a head coach at the high school and collegiate level. He was the head football coach at Texas A&M University team from 1978 to 1981.

Playing career[edit]

Wilson played quarterback at Corsicana High School under coach Jim Acree. He graduated in 1962.[1] He played college football at Texas Tech University under coach J. T. King.

Coaching career[edit]

Following his graduation from Texas Tech in 1966, Wilson became an assistant coach at Texas Tech under King and Jim Carlen, before heading to Texas A&M to join the coaching staff of Emory Bellard. After Bellard resigned in the midst of the 1978 season, Wilson was appointed head coach of the Aggies on October 24, 1978.[2] He led the Aggies to a win in the Independence Bowl in 1981.[1] He amassed a record of 21–19 during his three and a half seasons, before being replaced by Jackie Sherrill in 1982.[3]

In 1984 Wilson returned to his alma mater as offensive coordinator under Jerry Moore. Moore had coached Wilson at Corsicana as an assistant under Acree. In 1986, Wilson left the collegiate ranks, coaching at Palestine High School.[1] Finally, in 1993, he took over head coaching duties at his alma mater Corsicana,[1] coaching the Tigers until his retirement in 1999. As a proponent of the running game, Wilson permitted Ketric Sanford to carry the ball 1,058 times during his career at Corsicana (1993–1995), which is third all-time in Texas behind Robert Strait and Billy Sims. Wilson guided Corsicana to the 1997 4A Division I state championship game versus Texas City, but lost 34–37.

Record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Texas A&M Aggies (Southwest Conference) (1978–1981)
1978 Texas A&M 4–2* 3–2* 5th W Hall of Fame Classic 18 19
1979 Texas A&M 6–5 4–4 5th
1980 Texas A&M 4–7 3–5 6th
1981 Texas A&M 7–5 4–4 5th W Independence
Texas A&M: 21–19 14–15 *Wilson took over from Bellard after 6 games
Total: 21–19
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Plemons, Donna (March 20, 2007). "Aggie generosity". Corsicana Daily Sun. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  2. ^ "Wishbone designer out as coach". Ellensburg Daily Record. October 25, 1978. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  3. ^ Smizik, Bob (January 20, 1982). "Sherrill Decided With His Head". The Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 

External links[edit]