Tom Wilson, American football player and coach, Died at 72


Tom Wilson was born on February 24, 1944, and died on August 10, 2016.

He was an American football player and coach.

Wilson was given head coach at the high school and collegiate level.

Wilson was the head football coach at Texas A&M University team from 1978 to 1981.

He played quarterback at Corsicana High School under coach Jim Acree.

In 1962, he graduated.

Tom played college football at Texas Tech University under coach J. T. King.

After his graduation from Texas Tech in 1966, Tom became an assistant coach at Texas Tech under King and Jim Carlen, before heading to Texas A&M to join the coaching staff of Emory Bellard.

When Bellard resigned in the midst of the 1978 season, Wilson was appointed head coach of the Aggies on October 24, 1978.

Willson led the Aggies to a win in the 1981 Independence Bowl.

Tom amassed a record of 21–19 during his three and a half seasons, before being replaced by Jackie Sherrill in 1982.

During 1984, Tom Wilson returned to his alma mater as offensive coordinator under Jerry Moore.

Moore had coached Wilson at Corsicana as an assistant under Acree.

In 1986, Wilson left the collegiate ranks, coaching at Palestine High School.

At the end in 1993, Tom took over head coaching duties at his alma mater Corsicana, coaching the Tigers until his retirement in 1999.

As a proponent of the running game, Tom Wilson gave Ketric Sanford the permission to carry the ball 1,058 times during his career at Corsicana (1993–1995), which is third all-time in Texas behind Robert Strait and Billy Sims.

He guided Corsicana to the 1997 4A Division I state championship game versus Texas City, but lost 34–37.

Tom Wilson passed away at 72 years old.