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Wilson Named Strength Coach for Men's Basketball

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln -- University of Nebraska basketball coach Doc Sadler announced that Tim Wilson has been named strength coach for the Husker men's basketball program. Wilson comes to Nebraska after spending the last three seasons at the University of Oregon, serving as the strength and conditioning coach for the Ducks men's basketball program.  

"When Tom Osborne gave us the opportunity to hire this position, Tim's name consistently came up when I talked to people around the country, and we are fortunate to add someone with his credentials to our program," Sadler said. "Tim has worked with very successful college programs, has 11 years working in the NBA and went to school and was a student assistant here. That combination makes him a perfect fit. Without the total commitment from our administration, we would have never been able to hire Tim."

"It's a thrill for me to be back here," Wilson said. "I started at Nebraska 30 years ago as a student assistant under Boyd Epley and have been criss-crossing the country. I can't wait to get going and working with the players here."

Wilson, a Falls City, Neb., native, spent the last three seasons at Oregon, helping the Ducks to 21 wins and the CBI Championship in 2011. The Ducks closed the season with wins in seven of its last nine games. 

Prior to joining the Oregon staff, Wilson spent 11 seasons in the NBA working with the Milwaukee Bucks, where he developed and implemented the strength and conditioning programs on a year-round basis. The Bucks made the playoffs six times in his tenure in Milwaukee, including the Eastern Conference Finals in 2000-01. With the Bucks, he worked with NBA All-Stars Ray Allen, Michael Redd, Glenn Robinson and Sam Cassell, as well as former Husker Erick Strickland.

As strength and conditioning coach at the University of Pittsburgh from 1991 to 1996, Wilson dealt exclusively with the football program. Wilson served under legendary college football coach Johnny Majors and helped several student-athletes on their way to  successful professional careers.

Wilson had two tours of duty as strength coach at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, named the first-ever strength coach for UNLV Athletics in 1981.  At UNLV, he served under Jerry Tarkanian and the UNLV men's basketball program.

Wilson, who trained student-athletes from all sports while with the Runnin' Rebels, was a part of the 1989-90 National Championship men's basketball program featuring the likes of Larry Johnson, Stacey Augmon and Greg Anthony.  He also helped prepare Randall Cunningham and Ickey Woods for futures in the NFL.

Wilson also spent four years with the Chicago White Sox (1986-89). He trained MLB Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk and current White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen during his time in the Windy City.

Wilson began his career as a graduate assistant at Nebraska after graduating from the school in 1981 with a degree in exercise science. 

Wilson has received certifications from both the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) and the NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). He has a PES and CES certification from the NASM.

Wilson and his wife Teri have one son, Tyler.


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