FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Chancellor Henry Fernandez and Vice President Brian Hankerson announced on Tuesday that the next head coach for the Eagles Football team would be Quincy Wilson.
“I’m very pleased and excited about the hiring of Quincy,” said Fernandez. “He brings experience at the NCAA level and has been successful there, as well as experience in the NFL. He is very energetic, a strong recruiter and a talented football coach. Wilson brings great passion to the UFTL family, and we are excited to see what he can do as he gets on campus.”
Wilson takes over the helm of the UFTL football program after spending the last four seasons as the Associate Head Coach, Running Backs Coach and the Director of Football Operations at West Virginia State University.
Before WVSU, Wilson spent 2016 at Glenville State College as the Running Backs Coach.
He got his start in the college ranks at his Alma mater, West Virginia University, where he was the Assistant Director of Football Operations from 2012-15.
“I’m excited about the opportunity,” Wilson said. “I’m inspired by the challenge, and I’m grateful to be the leader of this program. My role as the head coach at the University of Fort Lauderdale is to cast the vision for t our future and drive a strong, healthy culture.”
“My family and I would like to thank the committee,” Wilson said. “I’m very humbled by the selection, and I’m excited to join the UFTL family.”
Wilson attended Weir High School in Weirton, W.V.; he would become the first football player in West Virginia history to rush for more than 3,000 yards in a single season. He finished with 3,262 yards on 351 carries (a 9.4 avg.), averaging 233 yards per game. This performance gave him third ranking amongst prep football players. Wilson set several records and led Weir High School to a 14-0 record and a Class AA State Championship where he rushed for 250 yards. He managed 47 touchdowns and 290 points that year, a state record. Over his high school career, Wilson rushed for 6,161 yards and scored 90 touchdowns.
Wilson earned Third-team AP All-American honors and was an All-Big East First team pick by ESPN, his senior year at WVU, in 2003. He amassed 1,380 yards with a 4.9 average and 12 touchdowns. His senior year, he was also named the WVU offensive MVP and he won the team’s Ira Rodgers Award for all-around excellence. His rushing yardage total was the 12th most in the NCAA on the year.
During his career, he played in 44 games at West Virginia; on 474 rushing attempts, he turned in a total of 2,608 yards and 20 touchdowns, to go with 25 receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown. His rushing attempts and yards both ranked fifth in school history at the close of his career.
Wilson is known for one of, if not the greatest play in WVU football history, “The Run,” against the No. 2 Miami Hurricanes in the 2003 season. He would catch a screen pass on third and 13, and he would go on to break three tackles, trucking and leaping over a player, to score the go-ahead score late in the game.
Wilson was selected in the seventh round (219th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He would go on to play for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2004-07.
Wilson has a son, Trenton Xavier Wilson, who is currently a sophomore at Ohio Dominican University pursuing a degree in Pre-Med. His mother, Kyle Wilson, resided in Weirton, WV. He is the son of former All-Pro, Super Bowl Champion with the Chicago Bears Otis Wilson. He has two sisters, Danielle and Chlyla Wilson and a niece Lyla Wilson.