Chris Wilson
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    Chris Wilson

    Position:
    Associate Head Coach

    Experience:
    Fifth Season

    Alma Mater:
    Louisiana-Monroe, 2001

    03/12/2013

    Falcons Capture Title at Jackrabbit Invitational

    Kyle Westmoreland wins individual title

    10/23/2012

    Air Force and Army Tie for Service Academy Golf Classic Title

    Andrew Hoops finishes second individually

    05/11/2011

    MWC Golf Championship - Day 2

    The Falcons compete at the 2011 Mountain West Conference Championship, held at OMNI Tucson National, May 5-7.

    05/11/2011

    MWC Golf Championship - Day 3

    The Falcons compete at the 2011 Mountain West Conference Championship, held at OMNI Tucson National, May 5-7.

    A valuable member of the Air Force coaching and teaching staff, Chris Wilson enters his fifth season overall and second as the associate head coach with the Air Force golf program.

    After spending three seasons as an assistant coach, Wilson was promoted to associate head coach in May of 2013. During his four years at the Academy, Wilson has assisted the Falcons to back-to-back fourth-place finishes at the Mountain West Conference Championships and helped the 2012-13 team shatter the school record for average team score by more than five strokes per round.

    Wilson has been a constant fixture during Falcon practices and during tournament prep. Three of the top six career individual scoring averages have come with Wilson's help, along with the breaking of nearly every team scoring record at Air Force. Placing a huge emphasis on wedges, course management and ball flight control, he had a huge influence in the career of 2014 graduate Kyle Westmoreland, one of the best golfers in the history of the program. Westmoreland advanced to two NCAA Regional Tournaments and tied the school record with a 71.7 stroke average last season.

    The recent success of the Air Force program allowed Wilson to be recognized by his peers as one of eight semifinalists for the 2014 Jan Strickland Award presented by TaylorMade-Adidas Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America. The Jan Strickland/National Assistant Coach of the year award is presented to the NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, or NJCAA assistant coach that has excelled working with their student-athletes both on and off the course.

    While coaching, he has remained competitive as a player within the state and regional level, playing with top collegians and mid-amateurs. During the summer of 2013 he was selected to compete on the Colorado Cup Team as one of the top 12 amateurs in the state. He finished runner-up in the 2012 Colorado Mid Amateur Championship and in the summer of 2014 claimed his seventh overall and fourth consecutive Shawnee Elks Invitational Championship in his hometown of Shawnee, OK.

    Prior to joining the coaching staff at the Academy, Wilson was the associate head coach at Coastal Carolina University for two seasons.

    During Wilson's two-year stint at Coastal Carolina, the Chanticleers won back-to-back Big South Conference titles, extending their run to seven-straight conference championships. In 2009, he helped coach Zack Byrd, a third-team All-American and Big South Golfer of the Year. Wilson was also instrumental in the running of the Chants' program, handling many of the day-to-day operations, helping run the General Hackler Championship and coordinating recruiting.

    Wilson arrived at Coastal Carolina in the fall of 2008 from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he spent four and a half years as the head men's and women's golf coach. Combined, his Warhawk squads had three tournament wins, 35 top-five team finishes, six individual medalists, 13 all-conference selections and six Golf Coaches Association of America and National Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholars.

    While at ULM, Wilson led the men's program to its highest national rankings in 2005 and 2006, earning Southland Coach of the Year honors in 2006. He also started the women's program in August 2005 and both squads were consistently ranked among the top grade-point averages for athletic teams on the ULM campus. He also raised a majority of the funds for each of his programs, while also coordinating all aspects of each squad's practice and travel.

    Prior to taking over as head coach at ULM, he worked for two years at McNeese State, starting as the head coach and eventually serving as interim head men's coach before leaving to take the job at ULM. While there, Wilson coached four-time all-conference selection and current European PGA Tour member Adrien Mork. He also worked with two other all-conference players and helped lead the Cowboys to a pair of team tournament titles.

    A native of Shawnee, Okla., Wilson started his coaching career at Louisiana-Monroe as an assistant coach for a year, where he helped recruit the 17th-ranked class in the country. That group eventually went on to earn seven all-conference awards, a pair of individual tournament champions and the 2004 Southland Conference Championship.

    Wilson, who earned his bachelor's degree from ULM in 2001, was a standout golfer for the Warhawks, playing two years and earning all-conference honors as a senior after winning the New Mexico State Intercollegiate and posting five top-10 finishes on the season. He was also an all-conference selection at Dodge City Community College in 1996-97.

    Wilson is married to the former Heather Austin of Shreveport, La. The couple recently had their first child on July 10, 2014, a baby girl named Lucy Annette Wilson.

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