Norries Wilson joined the Minnesota football staff as the Director of Player Development in January 2017. He oversees the day-to-day operation for the football student-athletes and works closely with the coaching, recruiting, academic and communication staffs.
Wilson returns to Minnesota - his alma mater - after spending four seasons at Rutgers. He coached the running backs for the Scarlet Knights from 2012-15 and was also the assistant head coach for three seasons. Wilson's time at Rutgers also included a three-game stint as interim head coach in 2015.
In 2012, Wilson played a crucial role in the development of Rutgers' young running backs. He helped sophomore Jawan Jamison to one of the most successful seasons in school history. Jamison became just the seventh player in program history to record 1,000 yards in a season and the third since 1976 en route to Second Team All-Big East honors. The Scarlet Knights finished the 2014 season with 2,114 yards rushing, the most since accumulating 2,574 in 2007.
In addition to mentoring NFL draftee Jamison, he worked with Paul James who was named First Team All-American Athletic Conference in 2013.
Prior to his time at Rutgers, Wilson was the first African-American head football coach in Ivy League history when he led Columbia from 2006-11. Wilson's student-athletes earned 33 All-Ivy League honors during his tenure, including two Rookies of the Year and 12 first team selections.
Wilson, who served as offensive coordinator at UConn for four seasons, was one of five finalists for the Frank Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach in 2004, a season in which the Huskies led the Big East in both total offense and scoring offense. He also coached at Bucknell, Livingstone and North Carolina Central.
Wilson is no stranger to the University of Minnesota. He served as a captain and was a two-year starter at Minnesota, helping lead Gophers to a victory against Clemson in the 1985 Independence Bowl. He also qualified for the 1986 NCAA Wrestling Championships in the unlimited weight class. Following his playing career he spent one season as a graduate assistant on the coaching staff in 1989-90.
Wilson and his wife Brenda have one son (Cecil) and two daughters (Trinity and Sahara). Brenda (Marquis), played basketball at Connecticut and was a member of the 1995 NCAA Championship team that went undefeated.
WILSON AT A GLANCE
2017-present: Minnesota - Director of Player Development
2013-15: Rutgers - Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs
2012: Rutgers - Running Backs
2006-11: Columbia - Head Coach
2002-05: Connecticut - Offensive Coordinator
1999-2001: Connecticut - Offensive Line
1997-98: Bucknell - Offensive Coordinator
1995-96: Bucknell - Offensive Line
1993: Livingstone - Defensive Coordinator
1991-92: North Carolina Central - Offensive Line/Tight Ends
1989-90: Minnesota - Graduate Assistant
Playing Experience: Minnesota (offensive line), 1983-1986
Hometown: Markham, Ill.
High School: Thornwood High School, 1983
Alma Mater: Minnesota, 1990 (psychology)
Daughters: Trinity and Sahara
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