Wilson Named Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach at Towson

Billie Wilson, a veteran coach with over 20 years of experience in the DMV area, has been named an assistant coach for the Towson University women’s basketball team, head coach Diane Richardson announced.

“Billie has been involved with all aspects of our game and has coached at all levels from AAU to Semipro,” said Richardson. “It is great to have someone with so much knowledge of the game.”

Wilson returns to the area after spending last year as a volunteer assistant coach at Longwood University. At Longwood she worked with recent Towson hire, Wanisha Smith.

Wilson spent 18 years on the bench at Coppin State University. While serving as the associate head coach for the Eagles, Wilson led Coppin State to three Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships and three appearances in the NCAA Tournament. In fact Wilson and the Eagles appeared in the postseason in five straight years (NCAA Tournament-2005, 2006, 2008 and WNIT – 2007, 2009). She helped guide the Eagles to nine winning seasons and a 49 game win streak against MEAC foes that stretched from 2005-07. During the 49 game win streak, Wilson and the Eagles earned the NCAA Division I Best Defensive team in the country award.

At Coppin State Wilson coached three MEAC Rookies of the Year, five MEAC Players of the Year and 38 All-MEAC honorees. One of the 38 All-MEAC selections was Wilson’s daughter Jordan Swails, who was an All-MEAC Academic honoree as well and graduated in 2016. In addition, three of Wilson’s players were invited to the WNBA Pre-Draft Camp.

During her time on the Eagles’ bench Wilson had her hand in all aspects of the program. She helped maintain the yearly budget and acted as the team’s travel coordinator. Wilson assisted with scheduling and supervised team managers. She was responsible for post player development and for reviewing game film with the players. Wilson prepared scouting reports and monitored academic progress for the student-athletes. She implemented a recruiting database and coordinated visits.

Wilson took part in the Achieving Coaching Excellence (ACE) professional development program for ethnic minority elite coaches in June of 2010. The ACE program was sponsored by the NCAA and Black Coaches and Administrators Association (BCA). She was one of 24 minority elite coaches (both men’s and women’s) selected for the program that year. The ACE program is designed to enhance the group of minority assistant basketball coaches chances to become the next generation of collegiate head coaches through areas of leadership, communications, campus relations, media training and program management.

Wilson also served for three years as NWBL head coach for the Inflight Semipro team in Washington, D.C. The traveling semipro team was composed of All-American college graduated players who were selected for the WNBA inaugural season. She led the squad that won the first national tournament and was named the Women’s Unlimited National AAU Coach of the Year. Wilson had a chance to work with Penny Moore, Tari Phillips, Tonya Edwards, Chantel Tremitiere and Jasmina Perazic.

She also took part in the Marines Corps Coaches Challenge Clinic that was conducted at Ft. Belvoir.

Wilson spent two years as the head coach of the women’s basketball team at Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland. There she was responsible for developing practice plans, scouting reports, game plans, academic study session and maintaining the team budget.

Wilson earned a bachelor of science degree in communications from Frostburg State University in 1984. There she scored 1,096 career points and earned Kodak Division III All-American honors as a senior.

After graduation, Wilson worked for the Department of Defense in Germany, where she served as the intramurals director. When she returned to the United States she spent several years working as the athletic director for intramural sports at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Wilson who resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland has three children, Christian, Jordan and Brian.


Photo Courtesy Towson Athletics

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