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David Wilson has the sports pedigree and knows the ins and outs of the Bulls' program.
By IZZY GOULD
Published June 15, 2007
WESLEY CHAPEL - David Wilson knew Wiregrass Ranch needed an athletic director and he wanted the job.
He spent time with outgoing athletic director Doug Elias to further gauge the shape of the athletic program heading into its second year.
Wilson was ready for the interview.
He got an offer Wednesday and was named the school's second athletic director in as many years. He'll replace Elias, who resigned to pursue a job out of state and closer to home.
"I think I was a little more well-prepared going in, " Wilson said. "When I found out Doug was going to leave I still wanted the position. When it came time for him leaving I sort of sat in with him a lot to make sure I knew where he was and all the stuff he had done so far and just to be ready in case."
Wilson had applied for a few openings before the school opened last fall, including the athletic director's post. He was hired to coach boys soccer and tennis. He also is a dropout prevention teacher. The athletic director supplement will pay him an additional $4, 815.
Wilson was an appealing candidate to principal Ray Bonti. Wilson already is on staff, is familiar with the athletic department's philosophy and boasts a well-rounded coaching resume with college experience.
"He's done it all, " Bonti said. "He's coached at the college level and the fact that we've worked with him was a plus. He's good with kids and parents."
Wilson is a native New Yorker. He coached women's basketball at Binghamton University for nine seasons in the 1990s and compiled a 148-62 record. He came to Pasco County to coach the Saint Leo women's basketball team, but resigned in 2002 after an 8-19 season.
Wilson also was an assistant athletic director at Saint Leo. He was a liaison between athletics and admissions. He did a lot with budgeting and scheduling.
Wilson soon began teaching at Quail Hollow Elementary and slowly worked his way back into coaching at the high school level.
Before Wiregrass, Wilson coached soccer at Zephyrhills.
Wilson will continue to coach soccer and tennis at Wiregrass. He never considered giving up those duties.
"If it came down to it I wanted to coach first, " Wilson said. "The beginning of the school year is a major part of the year with contracts, scheduling and everything else. I'm not going to be coaching during the first part of the year so I don't think there's an issue."
At Wiregrass, Wilson hopes to help build a winning tradition.
The Bulls began competing in varsity sports last fall with freshmen and sophomores. Wilson hopes to build interest in the booster club to help raise money for athletics.