Bobby Wilson is in his first season as a member of the CMU track and field coaching staff. He works directly with the Chippewas' jumpers, pole vaulters and mult-event athletes.
His impact was immediate in his very first season at CMU. Under his guidance, senior Josh Kettlewell broke the school record in the heptathlon and won the heptathlon at the indoor MAC Championships during the winter. He continued to develop into the spring as he finished third in the decathlon at the outdoor MAC Championships and qualified for the NCAA Championships East Preliminaries in the pole vault. He also guided sophomore Tim Reynolds to a third-place finish in the heptathlon at the indoor MAC Championships.
Wilson comes to CMU from the State University of New York at Oswego, where he spent the 2010-11 season as the head coach for both cross country and track and field. Nine new program records were set under his watch at Oswego State, including six during the men’s indoor and outdoor seasons and two for the women’s teams.
Prior to his time at Oswego State, Wilson served as the assistant coach for Bucknell University’s cross country and track and field programs for three seasons, specializing in training jumpers, pole-vaulters and multi-event athletes.
He worked directly with four All-East athletes during those three seasons and coached Patriot League champions in each of the events he coached. Wilson coached Amy Mantush, who set a school and league record in the high jump.
Among his accomplishments with the Bison are 2009-2010 Patriot League titles for all of the women’s teams (cross country, indoor, and outdoor) and the men’s track and field teams, as well as league titles for the women’s indoor and outdoor teams in 2008 and 2009, respectively.
Wilson has also coached at the College of William & Mary (2005-2007), the State University of New York at Oneonta (2002-2003), and his alma mater Virginia Commonwealth University (2000-2002).
At William & Mary, Wilson coached five school records, a national qualifier in the women’s heptathlon in 2007, two ECAC champions in the heptathlon and All-East performances in the pole vault and high jump.
As an athlete at VCU, Wilson was the 1998 Colonial Athletic Association champion in the pole vault, and he was the school-record holder until 2010. He graduated in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in travel and tourism with a minor in information systems. He is currently working toward a sports management master’s from VCU.