The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 27, 2013

Good pedigree: Zach Wilson well-groomed for NOC Enid gig

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Zack Wilson may only be a freshman, but he has some unique qualificiations to be a student assistant for NOC Enid’s women’s basketball team.

His dad, Rick, is one of the most prominent girls high school coaches in the state. He is in his second year at Sterling after a successful stint at Weatherford.

His older sister, Lindsay, is the head coach at Fresno Pacific.

Wilson helped led Drummond’s boys to the area tournament last season, the first for the Bulldogs since 2003.

“It’s a little different,’’ said the younger Wilson about his new role. “I miss playing, but I like coaching. I’m learning a lot from Coach (Lady Jets head coach Scott) Morris.’’

He plans to go into coaching after his college graduation. He had always wanted to be a coach.

“He taught me a lot,’’ Wilson said about his father. “It really helped being around my dad and my sister. I was always around it.’’

He agrees with the theory women are easier to coach than men.

“At this level it is,’’ he said. “Of course, it helped having two sisters (Randi is a doctor in Edmond).’’

His role as a student assistant is being supportive.

“They look at me more as a friend than an authority role,’’ he said. “It’s a little different from the other coaches. I can tell them some more stuff. Some don’t like to be yelled at. I talked to them so they won’t be too upset.’’

He said he’s found out how much he doesn’t know about the game.

“That’s a tough question,’’ Wilson said about the difference between playing and coaching. “I helping out others now instead of worrying about my mistakes and stuff.’’

He thought about walking on to the men’s team, but said he contacted Jets coach Greg Shamburg too late. Both and his dad talked to Morris about helping.

‘I knew him a little before this year, but not too much,’’ he said. “I really love it.’’