Published 7:09 pm Monday, April 24, 2006
By By BRUCE HIXON – Sports Editor
Daniel Wilson says he shares something with former and legendary Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.
The 24-year-old Wilson has answered the call to come home where he will join T.R. Miller Tigers football coach Jamie Riggs' staff.
Wilson will coach T.R. Miller's offensive line, a spot where he played for the Tigers from 1995-98.
Wilson replaces Jack Whigham, who left back in February to become the head coach at Opp. Whigham served as Wilson's offensive line coach in high school.
Wilson's involvement at T.R. Miller goes beyond his days as a player. He served as a manager on Andrew “Zeke” Johnson's staff as an eighth grader in 1994. The Tigers won the state championship that season.
Wilson has three years of coaching experience. He spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Monroe Academy where he was offensive and defensive line coach. He was spent one season as the junior high head coach in that program. Wilson started last season as an assistant coach at Sparta Academy. He was elevated to head coach after six games when the preceding head coach resigned after an 0-6 start. Sparta Academy went 2-2 the rest of the way under Wilson's direction.
players. Each player is different, so each of them is motivated differently,” Wilson said.
Wilson is the third assistant coach on Riggs' staff with head football coaching experience. Marc Edge and Eddie Brundidge have also been head coaches.
Riggs said Wilson should not have a big adjustment to learning the system.