position Offensive Coordinator / Tight Ends Coach
Hometown Maiden, N.C.
Offensive Coordinator / Tight Ends
The Ohio State University
Kevin Wilson is in his fifth season as the Buckeyes’ offensive coordinator and tight ends coach. He was named to the position in January 2017. The former Indiana head coach, who has 19 years of coordinator experience, has directed some of the most innovative and prolific offenses in the nation over his 37-year coaching career.
Ohio State has featured one of top offenses nationally during Wilson’s first three years on staff. Between 2017 and 2019, the Buckeyes:
– Averaged 523.8 yards per game, third-best nationally;
– Topped 500 yards of total offense 27 times and 600 yards nine times;
– Scored 234 touchdowns, second-most nationally;
– Threw 138 touchdown passes, No. 1 nationally;
– Set six Big Ten Conference offensive records, including yards per game (535.6), passing yards (5,100), touchdown passes (51) and total plays (1,131), all in 2018;
– Produced back-to-back Heisman Trophy finalists (Dwayne Haskins and Justin Fields);
– Produced the first 2,000-yard rusher in school history (J.K. Dobbins); and
– Produced just the fifth single season 1,000-yard receiver in school history (Parris Campbell).
The range of diversity is nothing unusual for Wilson. Twice he’s been on an offensive staff – at Oklahoma and Indiana – that has produced a 3,500-yard passer, two 1,000-yard rushers and a 1,000-yard receiver in the same year, and Ohio State came within 46 rushing yards from Mike Weber in 2018 to giving Wilson a third team to accomplish the feat.
Additionally, Ohio State’s offense has finished Nos. 7, 2 and 4 in total offense and Nos. 6, 8 and 3 in scoring offense in 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively. In the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Ohio State was seventh in total offense and 11th in scoring offense.
Ohio State has also won four consecutive Big Ten championships plus owns a Cotton Bowl win over USC in 2018, a Rose Bowl win over Washington in 2019, advanced to the College Football Playoffs in 2020 and defeated Clemson in the 2021 CFP Semifinals to advance to the CFP championship game.
Wilson spent six seasons as Indiana coach and led the school to consecutive bowl games in 2015 and 2016 for the first time in 25 years. His teams were physical, and highly competitive against Ohio State – games decided by three, seven and 14 points twice – behind a productive passing attack that led the Big Ten Conference three times, in 2012, 2013 and 2015, while finishing second in 2016. His 2015 offense led the Big Ten in passing, total offense and scoring.
An offensive coordinator to the late Randy Walker for seven years at Miami (1992-98) and then for three years at Northwestern (1999-2001), Wilson and Walker led the RedHawks to a 59-36-5 record before devising a power-spread offense at Northwestern that carried the Wildcats to a Big Ten Conference co-championship in 2000. Highlights of that season included Northwestern leading the Big Ten in rushing for the first time in 54 years.
Wilson then coached under Bob Stoops for nine years at Oklahoma, serving as co-offensive coordinator from 2002-05 and offensive coordinator from 2006-10. During this time the Sooners won six Big 12 championships, played in three national championship games (2003, ’04 and ’08) and Wilson’s offenses “evolved into a beast,” according to published reports and featured a then-NCAA record 716 points scored in 2008 that still ranks No. 2 in FBS history.
Following the 2010 season, Wilson was named Indiana’s head coach. His tenure was not only an exciting offensive era for IU, but it also featured an average of 21 academic all-Big Ten players each year and was the second-longest tenure for an IU coach in the last 20 years, or since Bill Mallory’s 13-year run between 1984 and 1996.
Student-athletes have thrived under Wilson wherever he has coached, and the accomplishments of many of them are listed throughout the NCAA records pages and various conference media guides. Of note:
– Miami Redhawk Travis Prentice rushed for 3,937 yards and 56 touchdowns in three seasons under Wilson, and he closed his career sixth in NCAA rushing history;
– Northwestern’s Zak Kustok had 532 yards of offense in a 2001 game – still the seventh-most yards in Big Ten history – when Wilson was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach;
– Two of Wilson’s running backs – Northwestern’s Damien Anderson and Indiana’s Tevin Coleman – accumulated 2,000 rushing yards in a season with Coleman’s 2,036 in 2014 16th in NCAA history and Anderson’s 2,063 in 2000 not ranked by the NCAA because of bowl game yards but fifth in Big Ten history;
– Oklahoma’s Adrian Peterson just missed a 2,000-yard season under Wilson in 2004 with 1,925 yards;
– Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford is the NCAA’s career-leader in passing efficiency (min. 500 completions);
– Bradford and Oklahoma’s Landry Jones each passed for over 4,700 yards in a season to rank 21st and 23rd, respectively, in NCAA history;
– Wilson’s 2008 Sooner offense set an NCAA record by scoring 60 points in five consecutive games;
– Indiana quarterbacks Nate Sudfeld, in 2015, and Richard Lagow in 2016, have the top two single season passing yardage totals in IU history, with Sudfeld’s 3,573 yards 10th in Big Ten history; and
– The 2015 IU offense became just the fourth in FBS history – and second for Wilson – with a 3,500-yard passer, two 1,000-yard rushers and a 1,000-yard receiver in the same year (USC in 2005; Oklahoma in 2008 and Southern Mississippi in 2015).
Wilson, a winner of the Frank Broyles Award in 2008 as the nation’s top assistant coach and twice a finalist, coached four first-round draft picks at Oklahoma – Bradford, Peterson, Trent Williams and Jermaine Gresham – and 23 of his Hoosiers moved on to the NFL.
A native of Maiden, N.C., Wilson is a 1984 graduate of the University of North Carolina, where he was an offensive lineman on the football team and received his bachelor’s (education; 1987) and master’s (physical education) degrees. His coaching career began in 1987 at Winston Salem State and includes stops at North Carolina A&T (1988) and Foard (N.C.) High School prior to his tenure at Miami.
Wilson, and his wife, Angela, are the parents of five children: daughters Elaina, Makenzie and Marlee, and sons Trey and Toby, a freshman offensive lineman for the Buckeyes.
Kevin Wilson Quick Facts
Hometown: Maiden, N.C.
High School: Maiden
Alma Mater: North Carolina, 1984
Master’s Degree: North Carolina, 1987
Year in Coaching: 38th (Fifth at Ohio State)
Children: Daughters Elaina, Makenzie and Marlee, and sons Trey and Toby
Kevin Wilson Coaching Assignments
|2017-pres.||Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends||Ohio State|
|2006-10||Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends/Fullbacks||Oklahoma|
|2002-05||Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line||Oklahoma|
|2001||Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/QBs||Northwestern|
|1998||Offensive Coordinator/QBs||Miami (OH)|
|1992-97||Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line||Miami (OH)|
|1990-91||Offensive Line||Miami (OH)|
|1989||Head Coach/Athletic Director||Foard (N.C.) High School|
|1988||Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line||North Carolina A&T|
|1987||Offensive Line||Winston Salem State|
|1984-86||Graduate Assistant||North Carolina|