Kirby Wilson Named USC Wide Receivers Coach

Jan. 18, 2001

LOS ANGELES - Kirby Wilson, who spent the past 4 years coaching in the NFL after working 9 years in the college ranks, has been named USC's wide receivers coach, new Trojan head coach Pete Carroll announced today.

'Kirby was with me in the NFL, and I saw him not only as an outstanding coach but as a great competitor and disciplinarian, said Carroll. 'He was one of the toughest and most demanding coaches on my staff. He'll be a valuable addition to our Trojan program.

Wilson was the running backs coach with the Washington Redskins in 2000 after spending the previous 3 years (1997-99) with the New England Patriots under Carroll. Stephen Davis rushed for 1,000 yards in 2000 at Washington, as did both Curtis Martin in 1997 and Robert Edwards in 1998 at New England.

Before that, Wilson coached the running backs at Iowa State for 2 years (1995-96). Under his guidance, All-American Troy Davis led the nation in rushing both seasons.

Wilson, 39, began his coaching career in 1985 at Pasadena (Calif.) City College, where he was the wide receivers coach. He then returned to school to earn his bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois before resuming his coaching career.

He became the running backs and wide receivers coach at Los Angeles Southwest Community College for 2 years (1989-90). The next 2 seasons (1991-92), he was at Southern Illinois where he coached the linebackers the first year and was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach in the second year.

He was Wyoming's secondary coach the next 2 seasons (1993-94) before moving to Iowa State. The 1993 Cowboys played in the Copper Bowl.

He was a running back and wide receiver at Pasadena CC for 2 years (1979-80), then was a wide receiver and kick returner at Illinois for 2 seasons (1981-82). The Illini played in the 1982 Liberty Bowl.

He played defensive back and kick returner in the CFL, first with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1983 and then with the Toronto Argonauts in 1984.

He was born Aug. 24, 1961.

Wilson will join with the previously-announced members of Carroll's staff: offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Norm Chow, secondary coach and associate head coach DeWayne Walker, running backs coach Wayne Moses, offensive line coach Keith Uperesa , inside linebackers coach Nick Holt, defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron and outside linebackers coach Kennedy Pola.

Carroll said he will hire the final member of his coaching staff, a tight ends and special teams coach, in the near future.

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