- Marc Wilson
Marc  Wilson

Assistant Coach

Marc Wilson, a former standout player at Minnesota who has 15 years of Division I coaching experience, completed his third season as an assistant coach at UAB in 2011-12.

Since joining Audra Smith's staff in Birmingham, Wilson has played a major role in helping UAB develop into the top defensive team in Conference USA and one of the best in the country.

The Blazers have broken school and conference records for scoring defense in each of the past two seasons with the 2011-12 team ranking third nationally by allowing a stingy 49.1 points per game.

Wilson has helped guide UAB to three consecutive winning seasons in his three years with the program, including a 20-win campaign in 2010-11, the first for the program in a decade. That team went on to capture the postseason Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) championship.

Wilson has seven years of experience as an assistant coach in the Big Ten and came to UAB after spending three years at Indiana (2006-09), where he worked with the post players and helped the Hoosiers to three straight WNIT appearances.

He also served as Indiana's recruiting coordinator for two years and recruited former Hoosier Jori Davis, who went on to be selected in the third round of the 2011 WNBA Draft (33rd overall) by the Indiana Fever.

Prior to his time with the Hoosiers, he served as an assistant coach at Kent State for two seasons. Wilson was a key factor in the Golden Flashes making back-to-back appearances in the Mid-American Conference championship game in 2005 and 2006.

Wilson also had a three-year stint at Rhode Island from 2001-04, working mainly with the post players and serving as the team's recruiting coordinator. During his time with the Rams, he helped lead them to the 2003 Atlantic 10 championship game.

Wilson began his Division I coaching career by spending four seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, Minnesota, from 1997-2001.

Over his four years with the Golden Gophers, he recruited two future WNBA players in Lindsay Whalen and Janel McCarville. McCarville was the top overall pick in the 2005 WNBA draft by the Charlotte Sting, and Whalen was taken No. 4 overall in the 2004 draft by the Connecticut Sun.

One of Wilson's career honors was being named to the Big Ten All-Star coaching staff during the summer of 1998, when he traveled overseas and helped coach the team against some of Europe's top programs.

Wilson played his collegiate career at Minnesota from 1982-86, and he still ranks among the top 10 in school history in career scoring (1,386 points), field goals made (540), free throws made (306), free throw attempts (428) and assists (375).

Tabbed as team captain and Co-Most Valuable Player in 1986, he also earned All-Big Ten honorable mention honors in 1983 and 1986.

Wilson is married to Jeanell Hughes. The couple has one son, Marc II.