CONWAY, S.C. -- Coastal Carolina University's golf program has added Chris Wilson as the assiociate head golf coach, Director of Golf Allen Terrell announced. Wilson's appointment is effective Dec. 1, as he replaces Todd Ohlmeyer, who is now the head men's golf coach at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas.
"We are lucky to have attracted a coach with Chris’ talents," Terrell commented. "He has done an amazing job at ULM. I am thrilled to think what Chris and I will accomplish together in the upcoming years. I have never been more excited about the future of Coastal Carolina Golf.
"I am so proud of Todd and the opportunity he has at St Edward's," Terrell continued. "As our first ever assistant coach, he did an amazing job at Coastal Carolina. He truly is one of the young superstars in our profession."
Wilson comes to the Grand Strand from the University of Louisiana-Monroe, where he has spent the last four-and-a-half years as the head men's and women's golf coach. Combined, his Warhawk squads had three team 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. He 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 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 assistant coach and eventually serving as interim head men's coach before leaving to take the job at ULM. While there, he 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 No. 17-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 was a standout golfer at ULM, 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. He earned his bachelor's degree from ULM in 2001. Wilson is married to the former Heather Austin of Shreveport, La.
"The opportunity for me to move ahead in the college golf world and a chance to start a new in life in Myrtle Beach is something Heather and I are very excited about," Wilson stated. "I’m looking forward to working with Allen and helping him with the ultimate goal of winning a national championship. He is regarded as one of the best coaches and teachers in the country and I feel like my strengths will be able to compliment his. Coastal Carolina has put the pieces in place for continued success and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of that."