LSU head coach Les Miles has wasted little time in filling his running backs coach position as numerous sources close to the situation have confirmed that Tennessee assistant coach Frank Wilson has decided to accept an offer to join Miles’ staff.
Wilson met with Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin on Friday to discuss the situation but Miles’ lucrative offer and the opportunity to return back to Louisiana proved to be too much for Wilson to pass up.
Wilson was reportedly earning $150,000 at Tennessee whereas former LSU running backs coach Larry Porter was earning around $300,000. It is believed that Wilson will be in the $275,000-range at LSU according to sources who wished to remain anonymous.
According to his bio on the University of Tennessee’s official website, Wilson has been an innovator and leader of young men on both the collegiate and high school levels. His most recent stops were at Southern Mississippi as running back coach and recruiting coordinator in 2008, and at Ole Miss under head coach Ed Orgeron as running backs and special teams assistant from 2005-07.
In his second year with the Rebels, Wilson's primary pupil, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, finished third in the SEC in rushing at 83.2 yards per game. Green-Ellis was named All-SEC first team by Associated Press. Under Wilson's tutelage, Green-Ellis finished the season with 1,000 yards, fourth on the Ole Miss season charts.
In Wilson's first season of working with Rebel tailbacks, Mico McSwain established an Ole Miss freshman rushing record with 612 yards in earning 2005 Freshman All-America honorable mention distinction. McSwain finished eighth in the SEC in rushing yards per game at 68.0.
Wilson came to Ole Miss after serving one year as Director of Athletics for the New Orleans Public School System. He served 3½ seasons as head football coach and offensive coordinator at O. Perry Walker High School in that city prior to his stint as director of athletics.
While at O. Perry Walker, Wilson led the Chargers to the 2002 Class 4A state finals and to District 10-4A championships in 2001 and 2002. He was honored by the NFL as the 2002 Coach of the Year for the state of Louisiana and was voted by his peers as the Louisiana Class 4A Coach of the Year. Wilson also was a 2002 Nike National Coach of the Year finalist.
Wilson coached the Orleans Parrish All-Star team against the Jefferson Parrish All-Star team in 2002, leading his group of players to the win in the Louisiana Superdome. He also was honored as 2001 state metro area and district coach of the year.
During his three-year at O. Perry Walker, Wilson helped guide 22 players to Division I scholarships, including 11 in 2002 to rank as the nation's largest class of Division I signees by any one high school.
Wilson spent three years as an assistant coach at Edna Karr High School, also in New Orleans, from 1997-2000. He served as offensive coordinator at Edna Karr during the 1999 season in which the team reached the Class 3A state finals and the offense recorded the best statistical season in the program's history.
Wilson was a student assistant at his alma mater, Nicholls State University, working with the running backs while he finished his degree. While at Nicholls State, Wilson helped coach the first 1,000-yard rusher in school history and was part of the biggest turnaround in NCAA history for the Colonels, who improved from 0-10 in 1995 to 8-2 in 1996.
A three-year letterman on the football team at Nicholls State, Wilson earned honorable mention all-conference honors as a running back his sophomore year. He was also named preseason all-conference as a defensive back his junior year and as a running back his senior year. Wilson attended Geneva University in Beaver Falls, Pa., his freshman season, earning conference Freshman of the Year honors as a tailback and kick returner. He also earned first team all-conference honors and was an NAIA Division II All-America honorable mention.
Wilson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in general education from Nicholls State in 1997. He then went on to earn a certificate of education in biology from Southern University in New Orleans in 2002.
Wilson and his wife, Tiffany, have three children: Alaina, Sa'bree and Frank IV.