Washington State head football Coach Mike Leach proves repeatedly that he is, “The Man”. Evidence to support labeling him as such emanated from Bohler Gym on the Pullman campus Wednesday afternoon.
The word about Cougar football flying around social media and blogs of late has been the anticipated hire of the final member of the coaching staff.
Now it’s official. WSU Athletics put out their media release. “Washington State football has named Ken Wilson as the Cougars linebackers coach, head coach Mike Leach announced Wednesday.”
Wilson’s hire follows the addition of David Yost as inside receivers coach.
Like Yost, Wilson brings a tremendous level of experience to Pullman. He served a number of roles with college Hall of Fame Coach Chris Ault during his 23-year tenure at Nevada. Additionally, Wilson worked along side WSU running backs Coach Jim Mastro for seven successful seasons with the Wolfpack.
Coach Wilson mentored and coached up linebackers (6 years), safeties (1 year), defensive ends (1 year) and served as defensive coordinator (3 years). The last five seasons Wilson also wore an additional hat as associate head coach.
"“Ken brings tremendous experience to our coaching staff along with an attitude and expectation for success derived from his time at Nevada,” said Coach Mike Leach. “He is a great recruiter and teacher on the field and will step in immediately and make a positive impact on our program.“"
It’s amazing how Leach was able to put together a terrific staff for his first year at Washington State, see a couple of guys leave for new responsibilities and somehow appear to upgrade the program for the coming campaign.
There was tremendous development with Cougar linebackers last season. When reflecting on the guys who were rotated in and out, the steady improvement in the level of play, the future appears very bright for the stable of student-athletes who will be tutored by Coach Wilson.
Once again Coach Leach shows he knows how to captain a ship in a very positive direction.