Chris Wilson Named USC Defensive Line Coach
Jan. 17, 2014
Chris Wilson, whose 17-year collegiate coaching career has included handling the defensive line at Oklahoma, Colorado, Mississippi State and most recently Georgia, has been named USC's defensive line coach, new Trojan head coach Steve Sarkisian announced today (Jan. 17).
"We are thrilled to add Chris Wilson to our coaching staff," said Sarkisian. "He is one of the premier defensive line coaches in the country and he is also a great recruiter."
Said Wilson: "I'm extremely excited to join Coach Sarkisian's staff and to have the opportunity to be at a university with the tradition of USC. I believe we can be as good as any team in the country."
Wilson, 45, spent 2013 as Georgia's defensive line coach. The Bulldogs, who played in the 2014 Gator Bowl, were 28th nationally in sacks in 2014.
He spent the previous 3 seasons (2010-12) at Mississippi State handling the defensive line. He also was the Bulldogs' co-defensive coordinator in 2010 before becoming defensive coordinator the final 2 years. In 2010, MSU was 15th nationally in rushing defense and 17th in tackles for a loss. The Bulldogs improved in 7 defensive statistical categories in 2011, including ranking 16th nationally in scoring defense (19.7), tied for eighth in fumble recoveries and tied for 14th in interceptions. Defensive lineman Fletcher Cox was a 2011 All-American and an NFL first round draft pick. MSU played in the 2011 and 2013 Gator Bowls and 2011 Music City Bowl.
Wilson came to Mississippi State after 5 seasons (2005-09) coaching the defensive ends at Oklahoma, his alma mater. He also was the special teams coordinator the final 3 years there. The Sooners led the Big 12 in sacks in 2007 and then in 2009 they were eighth nationally in rushing defense and total defense and seventh in scoring defense. Oklahoma played in the 2005 Holiday Bowl, 2007 and 2008 Fiesta Bowls, 2009 BCS Championship Game and 2009 Sun Bowl.
Before that, he was Colorado's defensive line coach for 5 years (2000-04). The Buffaloes won 3 Big 12 North titles during that time and were 15th nationally in sacks in 2004. Colorado played in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl, 2002 Alamo Bowl and 2004 Houston Bowl.
He was the defensive line coach at Illinois State for 2 seasons (1998-99), with the Redbirds' winning the Gateway Conference title and advancing to the NCAA Division I-AA semifinals in 1999. He then handled the same duty in the spring of 2000 at Army before going to Colorado.
He began his coaching career in 1993 as a graduate assistant at Indiana State, then became the Sycamores' linebackers coach in 1994. He handled the outside linebackers at Northern Illinois in 1995, then was the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College in 1996 before returning to Indiana State in 1997 as the outside linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator.
He had NFL minority internships with the Dallas Cowboys (1995), Arizona Cardinals (1997) and Miami Dolphins (1998).
He was a 4-year (1988-91) letterman linebacker at Oklahoma, recording 303 career tackles. He twice was named team captain. He was a 12th round NFL Draft pick by the Chicago Bears in 1992.
He earned his bachelor's degree in communications from Oklahoma in 1992.
He starred in football and track at Richardson (Tex.) High.
He was born on Jan. 8, 1969. He and his wife, Tina, have two children, Caleb and Colby.