Coach Wilson guided the Profs to a highly successful season in Rowan’s first season in DIAA. The team opened the season with a convincing over DIA in-state rival, Rutgers. Under Coach Wilson’s leadership the profs then raced through an undefeated regular conference season, as well as wins in the first two rounds of the conference playoffs before losing in the conference finals. The Profs were subsequently rewarded with a place in the national playoffs where they bowed out to eventual eastern champions, University of Mary Washington. The season finished up in fine fashion when eight Profs were named to MARC all-conference team. In addition, two players were named the FloRugby all DIAA team as well as another selected to the DIAA all-freshman team. Coach Wilson is looking forward to a busy recruiting season and building next year’s Rowan team.
Coach Wilson was named Fifteens Head Coach on January 1, 2017 after three years as an assistant under Curt Gruber. Coach Wilson is only the second head coach in the program’s history. He brings to the program a wealth of experience as a coach in the ranks of both collegiate and men’s club rugby.
In 2014, he joined the staff as the forwards coach. He worked closely with seven players who were later named to Goff Rugby Report’s Top 50 DII forwards. The forward pack enjoyed a successful season culminating in a national playoff run to the Sweet 16. After the 2014 season, Coach Wilson was promoted to offensive coordinator with responsibility for developing all attacking strategies. Rowan enjoyed two seasons of a highly prolific offense, averaging over 30 points per game. The team advanced to the national DII Elite 8 game in 2015 and 2016. In his role as offensive coordinator, he devoted special attention to working closely with scrumhalves and flyhalves developing their attacking skills. At the conclusion of the 2016 season, the Rowan A side scrumhalf and flyhalf were both named to Goff Rugby Report’s Top 50 DII players.
Prior to coaching at Rowan, Coach Wilson was a former head coach of South Jersey RFC. He was an assistant coach in charge of the forwards for two years before taking over the head coaching reins in 2007. South Jersey campaigned in the highly competitive EPRU during Wilson’s stint as head coach. The experience of competing against nationally ranked teams provided invaluable learning lessons during his formative coaching years.
Coach Wilson learned the game at Loyola College under head coach Mike Flanagan. After college, he competed for the next 18 years in men’s club rugby. Coach Wilson was a starter on the undefeated Rockville Center RFC Met NY Union DIII 1994 championship team. He relocated to South Jersey in 1995 and played for South Jersey RFC in the Premiere League (the highest level of domestic competition at that time) through 1998 when the Super League was formed. Wilson started every game for South Jersey when they reached the DI national Sweet 16 in 1996. Coach Wilson played actively into his late 30s. In his later playing years he competed at DII and DIII levels. He was elected to the South Jersey RFC Hall of Fame in 2014.
Coach Wilson is certified by USA Rugby as a level 200 coach.
Coach Wilson resides in Haddon Heights and practices law with the firm Weber Gallagher.