Norries Wilson
Current position
TitleRunning Backs Coach
Biographical details
BornMarkham, Illinois
Playing career
Position(s)Offensive Line
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Minnesota (GA)
NC Central (OL/TE)
Livingstone (DC)
Bucknell (OL)
Bucknell (OC)
Connecticut (OL)
Connecticut (OC)
Rutgers (RB)
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse

Norries Wilson is the Running Backs coach of the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights football team. He is entering his second year at this position.[1] He previously served as the first African-American head football coach in the Ivy League with the Columbia University football team.[2]

He also has coached at Bucknell University, Livingstone College, North Carolina Central University, and was a graduate assistant at Minnesota.

A 1989 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Wilson was a captain, two-year starter and three-year letterwinner for the Gophers. He also earned two letters in wrestling, and qualified for the NCAA Championships as a heavyweight.

Columbia UniversityEdit

Wilson was hired at Columbia following the 2005 season, during which the Lions finished 0-7 in the Ivy League, 2-8 overall.

Wilson joined Columbia after four years as offensive coordinator at the University of Connecticut. In 2004, he was a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach.

With a victory over the Fordham Rams in the 2006 Liberty Cup, he became the first Columbia head football coach since Aldo T. "Buff" Donelli in 1957 to win his debut. When the Lions beat Georgetown the following week, he became the first since Hall of Famer Lou Little to start his career 2-0.

During his first season, Columbia ended a 16-game Ivy League losing streak with a 21-14 victory over Cornell. A 22-21 season-ending win at Brown gave the Lions their first consecutive league victories since 2003.

The Light Blue finished Wilson's inaugural campaign with those two league wins and a 5-5 record overall. It was the first time in a decade that the Lions had finished at .500, and it gave Wilson the highest career winning percentage among Columbia coaches since Charlie Crowley led the team to a 26-16-4 record from 1925 to 1929.

Wilson finished his six seasons at Columbia with a record of 10-32 in Ivy League play and 17-43 overall.

He was relieved of his position by Columbia Athletic Director Diane Murphy on Sunday, November 20, 2011, following a 1-9 season.[3]

Coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Rank#
Columbia Lions (Ivy League) (2006–present)
2006 Columbia 5-5 2-5 6th
2007 Columbia 1-9 0-7 8th
2008 Columbia 2-8 2-5 6th
2009 Columbia 4-6 3-4 4th
2010 Columbia 4-6 2-5 6th
2011 Columbia 1-9 1-6 8th
Columbia: 17-43 10-32
Total: 17-43
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.


  1. [1]
  2. Columbia Hires a Coach From UConn
  3. Novak, Jake. "Where's Jake?". Roar Lions Blog. Retrieved 6 July 2012.

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