Missouri’s Barry Odom adds new defensive line coach with SEC ties
Missouri has hired Chris Wilson as its defensive line coach, the school announced on Monday.
Wilson previously held the same position at Southern California from 2014-15. Wilson has some experience coaching in the SEC. He was the co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach for Mississippi State from 2010-12. He was the defensive line coach at Georgia in 2013.
Wilson has also coached at Oklahoma and Colorado. He joins Barry Odom’s staff, after he was promoted from defensive coordinator to replace Gary Pinkel in December following his retirement after the season.
“Chris Wilson is a great fit for our staff,” Odom said in a statement released by the school. “I’ve known of him and thought highly of him for a number of years. I’ve recruited against him, I’ve watched him at Oklahoma, Colorado, Mississippi State and Georgia and I’ve enjoyed the way he gets his guys to play with great energy and passion.
“He’s very passionate about coaching the defensive line and he’s got a great feel for fundamentals and understanding what it takes to mentor a group and lead them and have them playing at their best level. He’s really respected nationally as a recruiter and he’s done a great job of developing relationships in a lot of different places where we recruit in SEC territory.”
Said Wilson, “I’m definitely excited about the opportunity to be at such a great institution and program as Mizzou and also to be back in the SEC. I’ve seen Mizzou in person a lot, both as a coach and a player, and I’ve always enjoyed the energy of their fan base. You can tell the football program is important to the state and their culture.”