Aug. 29, 2007
LEWISBURG, Pa - Bobby Wilson, a 2002 Virginia Commonwealth graduate and most recently an assistant coach at William & Mary, joins the Bucknell track and field staff as an assistant coach starting with the 2007-08 season.
Wilson specializes in coaching pole vault, short sprints, hurdles and relays. He has a PVSCB pole vault certification in addition to a USATF Level 2 certification in jumps (2005) and in sprints, hurdles, and relays (2006).
At William & Mary, Wilson coached an NCAA qualifier in the heptathlon, a regional qualifier in the pole vault, the 2007 ECAC champion in the heptathlon, in addition to several ECAC and IC4A qualifiers.
After receiving his degree in tourism with a minor in information systems from Virginia Commonwealth in 2002, Wilson served as an assistant coach with the VCU track and field team and went on to coach sprints, jumps, and throws at Oneonta State. Currently, Wilson is pursuing his master's degree at VCU in sports administration.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Wilson has directed and assisted at numerous camps and clinics. One camp, in particular was a pole vaulting camp that attracted 160 boys and girls.
As a student-athlete, Wilson was a member of the cross country and track and field teams at Menchville High School in Virginia before launching a record-setting collegiate career at both Christopher Newport University and VCU. In his one season at Christopher Newport (1995-96) and then at VCU, Wilson won three conference championships in the pole vault and one in the two-mile relay, and he broke program records in the pole vault at both schools.
"I am very pleased to have Bobby Wilson as a member of our coaching staff," said head coach Kevin Donner, "He is a young and hungry coach who has had tremendous experience in both recruiting and coaching quality student-athletes at the College of William & Mary."
The Bucknell track and field team will open the indoor season at home in the Bison Opener on Dec. 1. The men are coming off a third-place finish at the 2007 Patriot League Indoor Championships and a second-place finish at the outdoor championships. This season, the women will look to defend their title as Patriot League champions at both the indoor and outdoor league meet.