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Darrell Wilson (born 1958) is an American football coach who was most recently the defensive backs coach for the Rutgers University football team.[1] Wilson comes back to Rutgers (where he served as running backs coach in 1999) after twelve years coaching linebackers, special teams, and defensive backs at The University of Iowa.

Darrell Wilson
Biographical details
Born (1958-07-28) July 28, 1958 (age 60)
Playing career
1976–1980University of Connecticut
1981New England Patriots
1982–1986Toronto Argonauts
Position(s)Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988–1995Woodrow Wilson H.S.
1996–1998Rhode Island (WR/DB)
1999Rutgers (RB)
2000–2001Wisconsin (OLB/ST)
2002–2007Iowa (OLB/ST)
2008–2011Iowa (LB/ST)
2012Iowa (DB/ST)
2013–2015Rutgers (DB)

Playing careerEdit

A former honorable mention Division I-AA All-America defensive back for Connecticut (1976–80), Wilson was named to the Huskies' 100th-anniversary all-time team in 1998. He played one year with the New England Patriots (1981) and five seasons (1982-86) with the CFL's Toronto Argonauts. He was a member of the 1983 squad that won the CFL's Grey Cup.

Coaching careerEdit

Darrell Wilson has spent 16 seasons coaching in the Big Ten (11 at Iowa, two at Wisconsin, three at Rutgers), while having over 20 years of coaching experience.

Before his collegiate coaching career began, Darrell Wilson compiled a 65-18 record as head coach at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, N.J. (1988–95). His teams won five conference championships and four times advanced to the South Jersey Group 3 state finals. Along with the outstanding success of his teams on the football field, Wilson was named Camden's "Citizen of the Year" by the Rotary Club in 1992.

Darrell Wilson's first collegiate coaching position was at Rhode Island (1996–98), where he coached the secondary and wide receivers. He then coached running backs at Rutgers (1999).

Wilson joined the Iowa staff after serving as outside linebacker coach and special teams coordinator at Wisconsin for two years (2000–01). While at Iowa, Wilson coached special teams and outside linebackers in his first six seasons. He then worked with all the linebacker positions and special teams for the four seasons. In 2012, Wilson took over coaching the secondary while assisting with special teams.

He was named by in Feb. 2011 as one of the top 25 recruiters in the nation, primarily recruiting New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Under Wilson's coaching, Iowa ranked among national leaders in interceptions in under Wilson's watch. The Hawkeyes collected 10 interceptions in 2012, returning two of those for touchdowns. Cornerback Micah Hyde was honored with the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year award, presented by the Big Ten, while earning First Team All-Big Ten honors. Throughout Wilson's tenure, Iowa won 89 games during his tenure, with 52 Big Ten victories. While at Iowa, the program participated in 10 bowl games with six taking place in January. The Hawkeyes finished ranked in the final top 10 of both major polls four times in his 11 seasons.

Wilson then coached at Rutgers (2013-2015) as the defensive backs coach. In 2013, Wilson helped develop a unit that saw five freshmen start at cornerback. At Rutgers, Wilson primarily recruited New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.