Steve Wilks

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Steve Wilks
Carolina Panthers
Position: Assistant head coach & defensive coordinator
Personal information
Date of birth: (1969-08-08) August 8, 1969 (age 47)
Career information
College: Appalachian State
Career history
As coach:
Head coaching record
Regular season: NCAA: 5–6 (.455)

Steven Bernard Wilks (born August 8, 1969) is an American football coach who is the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL).

College career[edit]

Wilks played defensive back from 1987 to 1991 at Appalachian State.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Wilks played one year in the AFL for the Charlotte Rage as a wide receiver, defensive back, and kick returner.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Wilks served as Head Football Coach at Savannah State College for one season (1999) and compiled a record of 5-6.[3]

Wilks was hired by the Chicago Bears on February 16, 2006.[1] The Bears announced on December 30, 2008, that they had fired Wilks.[4]

Wilks was not unemployed for long, however. He was hired as defensive backs coach of the San Diego Chargers in 2009 when former Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera moved to the same position in San Diego.

When Rivera became head coach of the Panthers, he hired Wilks as secondary coach on January 15, 2012. He was promoted to assistant head coach in 2015. He was Pro Football Focus's second runner up to their Secondary Coach of the Year award.[5]

After Sean McDermott left to become head coach of the Buffalo Bills, Wilks was promoted to defensive coordinator.


  1. ^ a b "Chicago Bears". 
  2. ^ "AFL stats". 
  3. ^ "Steve Wilks Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  4. ^ Biggs, Brad (December 30, 2008). "Bears make coaching move". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  5. ^