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Mario Wilson
Mario  Wilson

Assistant Coach - Jumps/Javelin/Decathlon

Alma Mater:
Marist (1998)


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Mario Wilson, who has been a part of 23 conference champion teams in 19 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience, joined the Virginia staff in July of 2012, coaching the horizontal jumps, men’s high jump, pole vault and the decathlon for the Cavaliers.

Wilson was the 2010 United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year and has been part of two Mid-Atlantic Region Coaching Staff’s of the Year and seven conference coaching staff’s of the year.

During the 2017 season, Wilson led decathlete Jack Lint (outdoor) and triple jumper Jordan Scott (indoor and outdoor) to All-America honors. Lint and Scott both claimed ACC indoor titles earning first in the heptathlon and triple jump, respectively. Lint set a UVA record in the heptathlon while Scott broke the freshman indoor and outdoor triple jump and the outdoor long jump records.

In 2016, Wilson guided Christian Lavorgna to a second-place finish in the decathlon at the ACC Outdoor Championships. He mentored Jack Lint to a school record in the heptathlon and Bridget Guy to the indoor and outdoor pole vault school marks. Guy took home second-team All-ACC honors in both seasons, while Caitlin Mautz was a second-team performer in the women’s javelin. In addition, Lavorgna and Cam Collins both broke the 7,000-point mark in the decathlon at the Virginia Challenge.

In 2015, Wilson led men’s triple jumper Ryan Satchell and men’s javelin thrower Kyle Smith to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championship. In addition, Jack Lint set the school freshman record in the decathlon. 

In 2014, Wilson directed two ACC champions and first-team All-Americans. Men’s triple-jumper Ryan Satchell and women’s triple-jumper Dallas Rose each won the ACC championship at the outdoor meet and finished seventh at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

In his first season at Virginia, Wilson coached four All-ACC honorees, including NCAA Indoor Qualifier Dallas Rose in the women’s triple jump and NCAA Outdoor Qualifier Abbey Karin in the women’s javelin.

Wilson came to Virginia after four years as an assistant at Clemson, where he mentored Miller Moss to the 2011 NCAA indoor national championship in the heptathlon as well as 13 additional All-Americans. Moss went on to earn a bronze medal at the 2011 USATF Championships.

Wilson helped guide the Tigers to six Atlantic Coast Championship titles, including 10 individual conference champions, and to a fourth-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Prior to Clemson, Wilson was an assistant at New Mexico from 2007-09, where he tutored four All-Americans and nine NCAA participants, including Katie Coronado, who was the national runner-up in the javelin in 2008. He helped lead Bucknell to 10 Patriot League cross country and track and field team championships from 2002 to 2007. At Bucknell, he coached an NCAA finalist in the women’s pole vault, 11 NCAA East Regional qualifiers and 25 individual Patriot League champions.

Wilson graduated from Marist in 1998 with a degree in psychology. He earned a master’s degree in education in 2004 from St. Francis (PA), where he began his collegiate coaching career. From 1998-2002, St. Francis won seven Northeast Conference team titles and Wilson coached 32 school record holders.

Wilson was a standout football player at Marist, where he was a four-year starter and was named the 1998 Marist College Sportsman of the Year.


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