LSU RB coach Frank Wilson named new head coach at UTSA

LSU running backs coach and associate head coach Frank Wilson was named the new head coach at Texas-San Antonio on Friday, the school announced.

A source told FOX Sports on Thursday night that Wilson was set to take the position. 

Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer also received serious consideration for the job.

Wilson, a New Orleans native, is regarded as one of the nation’s top recruiters and has been responsible for top classes at LSU in recent years after helping stockpile talent at Ole Miss in his first college coaching job.

Wilson has been a head coach before. At 27, he was named the coach at New Orleans’ rugged O. Perry Walker High School in 2000 and transformed it into one of Louisiana’s big success stories. He instituted mandatory study halls and pre-school breakfasts. He made players wear dress shirts and ties every day. They had to sit in the front row of the classroom. Wilson arranged for an academic counselor, who was paid through a grant funded by the NFL’s Play It Smart program. In one year, the team’s GPA jumped from 1.5 to 2.5.

The team also gave powerhouse John Curtis Christian School its first district loss in 25 years. By his third season, Wilson had the school playing in the state title game.

Wilson replaces Larry Coker, who was let go last month and had been the only coach in the football program’s five-year history. After playing its inaugural season in FCS, UTSA was 22-26 in the last four seasons as an FBS school.