Mike Wilson Named UAB Men’s Golf Head Coach

Aug. 31, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – University of Alabama at Birmingham Director of Athletics Mark Ingram has named Mike Wilson the new men’s golf coach at UAB. Wilson comes to Birmingham after unprecedented success at Charleston Southern University.   

“UAB is a wonderful university with an outstanding golf program that is capable of winning national championships,” Wilson said. “The city of Birmingham and its great golf courses was a very strong attraction. I want to thank Mark Ingram and the entire UAB administration for the opportunity to lead an amazing program with rich history.”

Wilson spent the previous nine years at Charleston Southern. He was the head women’s golf coach from 2007-09 before being named the men’s coach in 2009. In 2011, Wilson was appointed the Director of Golf which gave him oversight of both programs while remaining as the head men’s golf coach.

The CSU men’s team is coming off back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances and captured the 2015 Big South title. The Buccaneers’ selection to the Tuscaloosa Regional in 2016 marked the first time in CSU history that a program earned an at-large berth into an NCAA championship event.

The Buccaneers also won the Kiawah Classic at Turtle Point in late November of 2015 to ascend into the Top 25 in the Golfstat rankings.

“Mike Wilson is a tremendous leader and golf coach,” Ingram said. “Not only does Mike bring an impressive knowledge of the game, but he has extensive experience as an administrator. Coming off our third straight NCAA tournament at UAB, we are confident that Mike will continue our success on the national stage and elevate our program to new heights.”

Under Wilson’s watch, Austin James completed the best single season in CSU history, sweeping Big South Player of the Year and Big South Medalist honors as a junior in 2015-16. He won the Big South Championship by five strokes at 11-under par, one shot shy of Dustin Johnson’s championship record. James reached the quarterfinals of last year’s U.S. Amateur and recorded nine Top 10 finishes in his junior season.

The year prior, Wilson led the Buccaneers to the 2015 Big South Men's Golf Championship and a berth in the Lubbock Regional in the NCAA Men's Golf Championship. The Bucs posted the lowest final round - 10-under - in Big South history to win its first conference championship in 12 years. The Bucs won by six strokes over Campbell and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003, joining the likes of Texas, Texas Tech, Cal, Auburn, and Duke at The Rawls Course in Lubbock. 

Newcomer R.J. Keur was the first freshman since 2008 to win the Big South Championship, finishing the week at 8-under par to win by one stroke.

In Wilson’s first season as head coach, the Buccaneers finished second in the Big South after a seventh place finish the year before. In 2012 Wilson was named the Big South Coach of the Year.

In 2007-08, Wilson led the Lady Bucs to the 2008 Big South Championship and onto the NCAA East Regional, where the Bucs finished 19th overall. Jordan Higgins finished second overall at the Big South Championships and, along with teammate Katrin Rumpf, earned All-Conference honors. Jeter again earned BSC Academic All-Conference accolades as the Bucs shared the BSC Sportsmanship Award with Radford.    

Upon graduating from CSU in 1999, Wilson served as an assistant coach for the 1999-2000 season. He spent seven years as the Golf Assistant and Director of Instruction as the Seabrook Island Club on John’s Island, S.C., before joining the Top Golf Academy in Alexandria, Va., as a teaching professional in 2006. Wilson also spent time as a golf professional at Coosaw Creek Country Club in North Charleston, S.C.

Wilson and his wife Jennifer have two daughters, Brooklyn and Blakely.