Kevin Wilson (American football)
October 23, 1961 |
Maiden, North Carolina
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1984–1986||North Carolina (GA)|
|1987||Winston-Salem State (OL)|
|1988||North Carolina A&T (OC/OL)|
|1989||Fred T. Foard HS (NC)|
|1990–1991||Miami (OH) (OL)|
|1992–1997||Miami (OH) (OC/OL)|
|1998||Miami (OH) (OC/QB)|
|2017–present||Ohio State (OC/TE)|
|Head coaching record|
0–10 (high school)
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Broyles Award (2008)|
Kevin Reece Wilson (born October 23, 1961) is an American football coach and former player who is the current offensive coordinator at Ohio State University. Wilson served as the head football coach at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011 to 2016 and was the offensive coordinator at the University of Oklahoma from 2002 to 2010.
He went on to play center and guard for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels as a walk-on. After two seasons as a walk-on he earned a scholarship. He earned a degree in Education in 1984, and then became a graduate assistant for three years while working on a master's degree in Physical Education.
University of North Carolina
After playing for the North Carolina Tar Heels, he spent three seasons (1984–1986) as a graduate assistant coach while he worked on his master's degree. In 1987, he became the offensive line coach at Winston-Salem State University. Wilson was the offensive coordinator for the 1988 season for the North Carolina A&T Aggies.
Foard High School
In 1989, he became the head coach and athletic director of Fred T. Foard High School, near his hometown and alma mater Maiden, North Carolina, where the Tigers went 0–10. "[Wilson] was dealt a very ugly hand. There was very little talent and probably less commitment." Considering the environment in which Wilson was raised, it's no surprise he grew frustrated quickly that so many players at Fred T. Foard didn't share his passion for football. 
Miami, Northwestern and Oklahoma
Following one year coaching on the high school level, Wilson returned to college coaching for the Miami University RedHawks in 1990, under head coach Randy Walker, and coached there as offensive line coach, quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator until 1998. When Walker moved to Northwestern University Wilson went with him, serving as the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, and assistant head coach, from 1999 to 2001.
After spending 19 seasons under the tutelage of his mentor Walker (four as a player at North Carolina, three as a graduate assistant there, nine as a coach at Miami, and three as a coach at Northwestern), Wilson left his long-time mentor to become the running game coordinator and the offensive line coach at Oklahoma in 2002. In December 2005, Wilson was named the offensive coordinator for the Sooners prior to the 2006 season, replacing Chuck Long who left to become the head coach at San Diego State. Oklahoma named James Patton to replace Wilson as offensive line coach, Patton served under Wilson at both Northwestern and Miami, and Wilson recommended Patton to Sooners' head coach Bob Stoops. In 2008, Wilson won the Broyles Award, which is given to the top assistant in college football annually. He was also named the "FootballScoop Offensive Coordinator of the Year".
Indiana athletic director Fred Glass announced the dismissal of Bill Lynch and the rest of the coaching staff on November 28, 2010, following a third straight season with only one conference victory. Glass announced the hiring of Wilson on December 7, giving Wilson his first collegiate head coaching position. Just thirteen days later Wilson hired New Mexico defensive coordinator Doug Mallory and Nebraska linebackers coach Mike Ekeler (also LBs) as co-defensive coordinators. Mallory, the son of former Indiana head coach Bill Mallory, was Indiana's defensive backs coach from 1994–1996. Wilson also hired Rod Smith from Michigan and Kevin Johns from Northwestern to be co-offensive coordinators. Wilson took over a Hoosiers team that had finished 10th or 11th in the Big Ten in each of the previous three seasons and had not been to a bowl since losing to Oklahoma State in the 2007 Insight Bowl.
Under Wilson's first year, the Hoosiers had a 1–11 record. In his second year, Indiana improved to 4-8 on the year with Wilson's team exhibiting an explosive offense, going from 80th nationally in pass offense to 19th and leading the Big Ten with 311.2 yards per game, in spite of losing the starting quarterback Tre Roberson in the season's second game.
In 2015, Indiana finished the regular season with a 6-6 record and showed a much more competitive level of play in the Big Ten. Indiana received an invitation to play in the Pinstripe Bowl, their first bowl game since 2007. After the season ended, Wilson signed a 6-year, $15.3 million contract extension that ran through 2021. He parted ways with Indiana on December 1, 2016 amidst reports alleging that he mistreated players, including pressuring one to play despite a back injury.
The Ohio State University
Ohio State announced January 10, 2017 that Wilson had been hired as the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach under head coach Urban Meyer. His first game with the Buckeyes will be an away game against Indiana, his previous team.
Head coaching record
|Indiana Hoosiers (Big Ten Conference) (2011–2016)|
|2015||Indiana||6–7||2–6||5th (East)||L Pinstripe|
|2016||Indiana||6–6||4–5||4th (East)||*Foster Farms|
|Indiana:||26–47||12–37||* Did not coach bowl game|
Assistant coaches under Kevin Wilson who became NCAA head coaches:
- Rawlings, Tom (July 19, 1989). "It's a New Ball Game for Foard's Coach-He'll be Leaving College Football for High School". Charlotte Observer.
- Rawlings, Tom (July 13, 1989). "Wilson Named Coach". Charlotte Observer.
- Curnutte, Mark (December 21, 2004). "Kromer, Harbaugh candidates at Miami". Cincinnati Enquirer.
- Schroeder, George (December 26, 2005). "Kevin Wilson file". The Oklahoman.
- Hobbs, Chris (February 1, 1996). "Mcree Takes Paroli's Role at Foard". Charlotte Observer.
- Schroeder, George (December 26, 2005). "Wilson brings diverse background". The Oklahoman.
- Guerin, Emig (July 1, 2006). "Wilson was influenced by Walker". Tulsa World.
- Sittler, Dave (August 5, 2006). "OU's Kevin Wilson perseveres despite hardship". Tulsa World.
- "Sooners get new assistant to repair run". The Oklahoman. December 20, 2001.
- Hanley, Brian (December 21, 2001). "Sooners grab NU assistant". Chicago Sun-Times.
- "Oklahoma picks Patton as offensive line coach". Daily Ardmoreite. February 7, 2006.
- Hoover, John E. (February 7, 2006). "Sooners tinker with coaching strategy". Tulsa World.
- Trotter, Jake (December 9, 2008). "Sooners offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson wins Broyles Award". The Oklahoman. Retrieved December 26, 2010.
- "Oklahoma's Wilson gets offensive honor". Cincinnati Enquirer. December 9, 2008.
- Jacobi, Adam (October 15, 2012). "Indiana Football: Kevin Wilson Is the 2012 Big Ten Coach of the Year Thus Far". Bleacher Report. Archived from the original on January 12, 2014. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
- "Big Ten's best assistants in 2012". ESPN. December 12, 2012. Archived from the original on October 28, 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
- Osterman, Zach (December 1, 2016). "Kevin Wilson resigns; Tom Allen named new IU head coach". Indianapolis Star. Indianapolis Star. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
- Seger, Eric (10 January 2017). "Ohio State Officially Hires Ex-Indiana Head Coach Kevin Wilson as Offensive Coordinator, Tight Ends Coach". Eleven Warriors. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
- "Kevin Wilson Named Ohio State Offensive Coordinator". Ohio State Buckeyes. The Ohio State University. Retrieved 10 January 2017.