Steve Wilks

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Steven Wilks
Career information
Position(s) Coach
College Appalachian State
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1995-1996 Johnson C. Smith University
(Defensive Coordinator)
1997-1998 Savannah State University
(Defensive Coordinator)
1999 Savannah State University
(Head Coach)
2000 Illinois State
(Defensive Backs Coach)
2001 Appalachian State
(Defensive Backs Coach)
2002 East Tennessee State
(Defensive Coordinator)
2003 Bowling Green State University
(Defensive Backs Coach)
2004 University of Notre Dame
(Defensive Backs Coach)
2005 University of Washington
(Secondary Coach)
2006-2008 Chicago Bears
(Defensive Backs Coach)
2009-2011 San Diego Chargers
(Defensive Backs Coach)
2012-2014 Carolina Panthers
(Defensive Backs Coach)
2015-present Carolina Panthers
(Assistant H.C./Defensive Backs Coach)

Steven Bernard Wilks (born August 8, 1969) is the defensive backs coach and assistant to the head coach, currently with the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League.

College career[edit]

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

Pro career[edit]

Wilks played one year in the AFL for the Charlotte Rage.[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 hired on January 20, 2009 by the San Diego Chargers, joining former Defensive Coordinator with the Bears Ron Rivera.

On January 15, 2012, the Carolina Panthers hired Wilks to serve as their secondary coach.


  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.