Louis Wilson, a highly regarded assistant coach on the NCAA Division I level, begins his fourth season on the Cal State Northridge coaching staff. During the summer of 2009, Wilson was promoted to associate head coach.
Wilson will work with the Matador perimeter players and will also coordinate the Northridge defense.
Wilson joined the Matadors after eight seasons as an assistant coach at Idaho State University. During his tenure at Idaho State, Wilson oversaw the development of the Bengal perimeter players, eleven of whom received All-Big Sky recognition. He also was instrumental in ISU perimeter players earning Big Sky Freshman and Newcomer of the Year awards.
Prior to coaching at Idaho State, Wilson spent the previous six seasons (1992-1997) on the coaching staff at Southern Utah, where he was responsible for coordinating the Thunderbirds defense. During the 1996-97 season, Southern Utah set a new school record for fewest points allowed per game. He also played a key role in post player development. Southern Utah was two-time American West Conference champions.
A native of New York City, Wilson arrived in Cedar City after serving as an assistant to Alaska prep coaching legend Chuck White at Anchorage's East High School. While at East, Wilson coached several former and current Division I players, including former NBA player Trajan Langdon. The Thunderbirds were two-time state champions and posted an overall record of 81-22 overall during Wilson's four-year tenure, including a No. 3 West Region national ranking in 1992.
His collegiate playing experience includes stops at Missouri's Trenton Junior College and William Jewell College in Kansas City. At Trenton, Wilson played point guard and served one term as the school's student body president. Trenton was 41-19 in Wilson's two years, and Wilson was team captain as a sophomore, and Most Inspirational Player as a freshman. At William Jewell, Wilson helped the team to a 34-2 record and a trip to the NAIA quarterfinals as a senior. Wilson was inducted, along with his teammates, to the William Jewell College Hall of Fame in 2005. William Jewell was 61-7 in Wilson's two-year stay.
Wilson graduated from William Jewell with a degree in public relations in 1988. Wilson is the founder of the Alaska Basketball Development Program (ABDP), which has grown to become one of the largest skill development programs in the state.
Wilson graduated from East High School, where he was an all-state pick and team captain as a senior. East won two state championships, and Wilson was also the team's Most Inspirational Player three times.
Wilson and his wife Andrea have four children, Jacques, Kaden, Keawe and Kalea. The family lives in Northridge.