Tom Wilson
Biographical details
Born(1944-02-24)February 24, 1944
Corsicana, Texas
DiedAugust 10, 2016(2016-08-10) (aged 72)
Corsicana, Texas
Playing career
Head coaching record
Overall21–19 (college)

Tom Wilson (February 24, 1944 – August 10, 2016) was an American football player and coach. He served as a head coach at the high school and collegiate level. He was the head football coach at Texas A&M University team from 1978 to 1981.

Playing career

Wilson played quarterback at Corsicana High School under coach Jim Acree. He graduated in 1962.[1] He played college football at Texas Tech University under coach J. T. King.

Coaching career

Following his graduation from Texas Tech in 1966, Wilson became an assistant coach at Texas Tech under King and Jim Carlen, before heading to Texas A&M to join the coaching staff of Emory Bellard. After Bellard resigned in the midst of the 1978 season, Wilson was appointed head coach of the Aggies on October 24, 1978.[2] He led the Aggies to a win in the 1981 Independence Bowl.[1] He amassed a record of 21–19 during his three and a half seasons, before being replaced by Jackie Sherrill in 1982.[3]

In 1984 Wilson returned to his alma mater as offensive coordinator under Jerry Moore. Moore had coached Wilson at Corsicana as an assistant under Acree. In 1986, Wilson left the collegiate ranks, coaching at Palestine High School.[1] Finally, in 1993, he took over head coaching duties at his alma mater Corsicana,[1] coaching the Tigers until his retirement in 1999. As a proponent of the running game, Wilson permitted Ketric Sanford to carry the ball 1,058 times during his career at Corsicana (1993–1995), which is third all-time in Texas behind Robert Strait and Billy Sims. Wilson guided Corsicana to the 1997 4A Division I state championship game versus Texas City, but lost 34–37.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Texas A&M Aggies (Southwest Conference) (1978–1981)
1978 Texas A&M 4–2* 3–2* 5th W Hall of Fame Classic 18 19
1979 Texas A&M 6–5 4–4 5th
1980 Texas A&M 4–7 3–5 6th
1981 Texas A&M 7–5 4–4 5th W Independence
Texas A&M: 21–19 14–15 *Wilson took over from Bellard after 6 games
Total: 21–19
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


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