ALBION -- On Thursday, Albion College Director of Athletics Matt Arend announced the hiring of Adam Wilson as the head men's and women's wrestling coach. Wilson will bring back men's wrestling after its disbandment from the college in the 1970s while establishing the new women's program.
A western Michigan native, Wilson comes to Albion after spending the last four seasons as the head assistant men's wrestling coach at Olivet College. During his time with the Comets, he was heavily involved in recruiting and building a competitive program in the MIAA. Wilson was also responsible for fundraising, managing social media, alumni engagement and competition day items.
"I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to lead the men's and women's wrestling programs at Albion College," said Wilson. "In addition to the excellent academic opportunities, graduate outcomes and tradition within the athletic department, Matt Arend shared a vision of building a championship program. I am thankful to have this opportunity and I am excited to get to work and have my family join the Albion community."
Wilson also had one-year stints on the coaching staffs at Trine and Washington and Lee, where he oversaw recruiting and training programs for his student-athletes.
Wilson, a 2011 Olivet graduate, started his career as an admissions representative at his alma mater. For three years, he learned recruiting strategies while building connections with high schools in the surrounding areas. He obtained his Masters of Higher Education Administration from Upper Iowa University in 2014.
"I am excited to welcome Adam to the Albion College family as he reestablishes men's wrestling and starts women's wrestling on our campus," said Arend. "Adam is a proven recruiter with strong ties within the Michigan wrestling community. His ability to clearly articulate his vision for both wrestling programs during the interview process makes me extremely excited for the future of Albion wrestling. I look forward to working with Adam on implementing his vision and watching both programs grow into championship contending teams."
Wilson is a four-year letter winner for the Comets as well as a two-time team captain. He is a three-time NCAA Midwest Regional place winner, including being a part of the 2011 Midwest Regional Championship team. In 2009, he was a member of the NWCA Scholar All-America Team, taking home ninth.
Wilson begins his duties with the Britons on October 15.