Former Clemson assistant brings 14 years of Division I experience
Mario Wilson, who has been a part of 23 conference champion teams in 15 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience, is in his second year at the University of Virginia. Wilson, who joined the program in July of 2012, coaches the horizontal jumps, men's high jump, javelin, 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.
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 title 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 Championships, 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.
Mario Wilson Career Highlights
1 year- Dallas Rose- Indoor All-ACC, NCAA Indoor Championships in the Triple Jump. PR-42'7"
-Abbey Karin- Outdoor All- ACC, NCAA Outdoor Championships in the Javelin. PR-172'7"
-4 All-ACC Performers
3 years- Miller Moss- 2011 NCAA Indoor Champion & ACC Meet Record Holder in the Heptathlon. 3x All-American, Bronze Medalist NCAA Outdoor Championships and USA National Championships in the Decathlon. PR-5986 Heptathlon & 7996 Decathlon
-Patricia Mamona- 2x NCAA Champion in the Triple Jump, 2012 Olympian for Portugal. Collegiate PR-46'1" Triple Jump
-April Sinkler- 2011 NCAA Runner-Up in Women's Indoor Triple Jump. 2x ACC Most Valuable Field Performer in the Long, Triple & High Jump. Collegiate PR- 6'1" High Jump, 21'6" Long Jump, 44'4" Triple Jump
-Liane Weber- 2011 NCAA Runner-Up in Women's Outdoor Heptathlon. ACC Meet Record Holder in the Pentathlon and Heptathlon. PR- 4262 Pentathlon, 5928 Heptathlon, 153'10" Javelin
-Xavier Tromp- All-ACC Pole Vault. School Record Holder in Pole Vault. Collegiate PR- 18' Pole Vault
Bethany Wachna- All ACC Javelin. School Record Holder in Javelin. PR 159'6" Javelin
Lauren Terstappen- All ACC Pole Vault. School Record Holder in Pole Vault. USA Junior All-American. PR- 13'1" Pole Vault
Christy Gasparino- All ACC Pole Vault. School Record Holder in Pole Vault. USA Junior All-American. PR- 13'5" Pole Vault
-School Record Holders in the Men's Heptathlon, Decathlon, Pole Vault and Women's Pentathlon, Heptathlon, Javelin, Pole Vault, Long, Triple and High Jumps.
At New Mexico:
2 years- Katie Coronado- 2008 NCAA Runner-Up in the Javelin. 2x All-American, 6th at 2008 Olympic Trials, Texas Relays Champion. PR-181'
-Robert Caldwell- 2008 NCAA All-American in the Pole Vault. Mountain West Conference Meet Record Holder in the Pole Vault. PR-18'1"
-Anthony Fairbanks- 2009 NCAA All-American in the Javelin. MidWest Regional Champion in Javelin. PR-225'9"