BATON ROUGE – Frank Wilson, who has spent four of the past five years coaching in the Southeastern Conference, has joined the LSU football staff as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator, head coach Les Miles announced on Monday.
Wilson replaces Larry Porter on the LSU staff. Porter was named the head coach at Memphis last week.
Wilson, a native of New Orleans, comes to LSU after serving as the wide receivers coach at Tennessee in 2009.
“We are thrilled to add a veteran coach with a background in the SEC to our staff,” Miles said. “Frank knows football and he’s a proven recruiter. He’s a former high school coach in our state with an extensive background in South Louisiana. He’s a great fit for our staff and for this program.”
Prior to joining the Tennessee staff, Wilson spent the 2008 season at Southern Mississippi as running back coach and recruiting coordinator. He also served as running backs coach and special teams assistant at Ole Miss 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.
Wilson joined the Ole Miss staff 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 Parish All-Star team against the Jefferson Parish All-Star team in 2002, leading his group of players to the win in the Louisiana Superdome. He also was honored as the 2001 state metro area and district coach of the year.
During his three-year stint 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 got his start in coaching as 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.
The Wilson File
Year at LSU: First (appointed Dec. 7, 2009)
Birthdate: Nov. 5, 1973 in New Orleans
Children: Alaina, Sa’bree, and Frank IV
High School: St. Augustine High School
College: Nicholls State, ‘97; Southern University-New Orleans, ‘02
1992 Geneva (Pa.) University (running back)
1993-95 Nicholls State (running back/defensive back)
1996 Nicholls State (student assistant)
1997-99 Karr High School (assistant coach)
2000-03 O.P. Walker High School (head coach)
2005-07 Ole Miss (running backs/special teams)
2008 Southern Miss (running backs/recruiting coordinator)
2009 Tennessee (wide receivers)
2010 LSU (running backs/recruiting coordinator)