Cleveland State women’s basketball head coach Chris Kielsmeier announced the addition of Marc Wilson to his coaching staff for the upcoming 2019-20 campaign, as Wilson will join the Vikings and serve in an assistant coach capacity.
“The entire coaching staff is excited to have Marc join our team, he brings a wealth of basketball knowledge and I’m looking forward to working with him,” Kielsmeier said. “We are continuing our efforts to build Cleveland State women’s basketball into a championship level program, and Marc is going to be a key piece of that process. I can’t wait for Marc to join the Viking family and hit the ground running in all facets of the program.”
Wilson joins the Vikings with over 20 years of coaching experience, serving in a variety of roles at his previous institutions including defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.
“I’m excited to be joining Coach Kielsmeir’s staff and the Vikings family. Coach Kielsmeir’s vision, desire and commitment to doing something special at Cleveland State attracted me to the position,” said Wilson. “Coach Kielsmeir is laying the ground work for a team to be reckoned with in the Horizon League for years to come. The present, and future, is very promising for Vikings women’s basketball.”
Most recently, Wilson served as the associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Southeast Missouri State, where he helped transform the Redhawks into one of the best defensive teams in the Ohio Valley Conference highlighted by Adrianna Murphy being named the Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2017-18.
Prior to his stint at SEMO, Wilson spent three years at Clemson and four years at UAB, serving as the assistant coach and defensive coordinator at both stops.
During his time with the Blazers, Wilson helped guide the team to a pair of postseason bids, including a Women’s Basketball Invitational championship in 2010-11, while turning the program into the top-ranked scoring defense in Conference USA. UAB ranked third in the nation in points allowed per game in 2012-13 and also ranked in the top 50 nationally in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense, three-point field goal percentage defense, steals per game, and turnovers forced per game.
Wilson also spent time at Indiana, Kent State and Rhode Island, combining for eight years as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the three teams. During his time with the Hoosiers, Wilson helped the team earn three postseason bids, while he helped KSU and URI reach their respective conference championship games.
Wilson got his start in collegiate coaching at his alma mater, spending four seasons as the assistant coach at Minnesota. During his time, Wilson recruited and signed four of Minnesota’s top seven high school players in the class of 2000, along with the 2001 Wisconsin High School Player of the Year.
In his recruiting career, Wilson recruited three WNBA draft picks in Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota, 2004, No. 4 overall to Connecticut Sun), Janel McCarville (Minnesota, 2005, No. 1 overall to Charlotte Sting) and Jori Davis (Indiana, 2011, No. 33 overall to Indiana Fever).
A four-year member of the University of Minnesota men’s basketball team, Wilson was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and finished his career ranked in the top-10 in scoring, assists and steals.
Wilson will round out second-year head coach Kielsmeier’s coaching staff, joining Katelin Oney and Frozena Jerro on the Viking sideline for the upcoming season.