Last year, Wilson coached senior co-captain Roosevelt Cooks to second-team All-WAC accolades. Cooks was also named Nevada's Outstanding Defensive Player in 2005. Wilson also tutored Jeremy Engstrom to second-team All-WAC honors in 2004 as a redshirt freshman.
The always upbeat Wilson suffered a heart attack early Sunday morning following the season finale in the fall of 2004 but has made a full recovery. Prior to going back to coaching when Ault took over the program in December 2003, Wilson had served as an assistant athletics director/sports services at Nevada the previous five-and-a-half years. He oversaw football, men's basketball, baseball, track and tennis while coordinating grant-in-aid for all student-athletes in Nevada's 19-sport athletics program.
Wilson spent six seasons on Ault's from 1989-92 and 1994-95. He was also an assistant coach for Jeff Horton in 1993 and Jeff Tisdel from 1996-98, spending those final three seasons as defensive coordinator. He directed the 1996 defense to the top of the conference in every defensive category and was part of the Las Vegas Bowl victory over Ball State.
The North Central (Ill.) graduate (1986) has coached six players who signed professional contracts, three of them in the NFL, including Nevada's all-time tackles leader, DeShone Myles, as well as Mike Crawford and Steve Bryant. Two of his pupils - Mylwa and Matt Clafton - were named to Nevada's All-Century team at linebacker.
Wilson has coached defensive line, linebackers and secondary during his career, which also included stints at his alma mater (1986) and at New Mexico (1987-88).