(PARKVILLE, Mo.) Park University Director of Athletics Claude English announced Thursday (July 18) that Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Communications Steve Wilson will add to his role in 2013-14, leading the Pirates' Women's Golf program as interim head coach, effective immediately.
Wilson, a six-year member of English's staff at Park, was the NAIA's Ike Pearson Award winner in 2013, which was formally announced June 11 in Daytona Beach, Fla., in conjunction with the NACDA and CoSIDA conventions, which took place in Orlando.
"We are excited to have Steve as our new women's golf coach," English said. "He has a passion for the game and he will have a positive impact on the development of our student-athletes."
As sports information director at Park, Wilson has helped to build the Pirates' social media network, as well as the school's athletics live-video broadcast system, the Pirate Sports Network, which covers games throughout the school year at www.parkathletics.com. He is also on the NAIA-SIDA board of directors, an active CoSIDA member, and in 2009-10, www.parkathletics.com was named the NAIA's best in-house website by NAIA-SIDA.
"To have the opportunity to work in both athletic communications and on the golf course is a dream come true," Wilson said. "I have a passion for the game of golf, and to get to professionally serve that passion while still working with our student-athletes throughout the department makes this the best job in the world. I have to thank Coach English for this opportunity and the faith he has in me to be able to fully serve in both capacities. There's no place like Park, and I'm privileged to call it and the Park family home."
Wilson began his career in collegiate athletics at Kansas Wesleyan University, serving half of the 2004-05 school year on the Coyotes' sports information staff before accepting a position at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, where he was assistant media relations director, responsible for publicity of the Bobcats' baseball, volleyball and women's basketball teams. He was also secondary contact for men's basketball and football in his two years in San Marcos.
On the golf course, Wilson played competitively at Salina Central High School, helping the Mustangs to four-straight state tournament appearances from 1996 to 1999, and he continues to play competitively as an active member of both the Kansas Golf Association (KGA) and Kansas City Golf Association (KCGA).
The Park University women's golf season begins Sept. 5-6 in Liberty, Mo., when the Pirates take part in the William Jewell Fall Invitational at Cardinal Hill Golf Club.