Wilson named Tigers new basketball coach

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Adrian Wilson was named the new boys head basketball coach at Marshall County High School. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After serving as an interim coach this summer, Adrian Wilson officially replaced Jason Tigert as the new boys head basketball coach at Marshall County High School.

Having served as the boys basketball coach at Cornersville the past six years, Wilson originally planned to work as an assistant coach at MCHS before Tigert departed for Dickson County High School this summer.

During Tigert's six-year tenure at Marshall County High School, the Tigers captured four regular season District titles, won two Region tournament championships, and reached the semifinals of the 2010 State tournament.

While he knows he has a tough act to follow, Wilson doesn't feel any added pressure because of Tigert's previous success.

"Before Jason got here Lewisburg basketball was down and he brought it back. He did a tremendous job here and we're looking to maintain that success," said Wilson. "I'm going to put more pressure on myself than anyone else. Regardless of the program I'm going to expect great things from myself. I don't have unrealistic expectations, but I want to live up to the expectations that we set."

With four starters returning from last year's team, which posted an 18-10 record and finished third in District 12-AA, Wilson believes he should be able to hit the ground running this coming season after the Tigers recorded several blowout victories during their summer basketball camps.

"Jason has his strengths as a coach and I have my strengths as a coach. What's really exciting is that with the returning players we'll be able to combine those strengths. We don't have any big guys, but we have some really good guards and had a great summer," said Wilson. "Jason was good at letting these guys play. They're instinctive and really know the game. I really didn't have to call a lot of plays this summer. I'm not going to change a lot of stuff because Jason had a lot of success here. I'm just going to tweak some things."

Wilson also thinks that Marshall County is the type of program where a coach can have long term success.

"I've been at a lot of different programs, but I'm super excited to be here because I know the history of the school and the history of the athletes they've had here," said Wilson. "It's kind of a dream job because we have a lot of athletes here and have the talent to be a state title contender every few years.

A 1994 graduate of Davidson Academy, Wilson was a three-year starter on the Bears basketball team before walking on at David Lipscomb University and playing two years for the Bisons under legendary coach Don Meyer.

After transferring to Belmont University in the Fall of 1996, Wilson earned a scholarship on the Bruins basketball team prior to graduating from the school in 1999.

Following his graduation from Belmont, Wilson worked a two-year stint as an assistant coach on the boys basketball team at David Lipscomb High School that saw the Mustangs reach the Class AA State tournament in 2000.

Wilson then went to Donaldson Christian Academy for one year as an assistant coach and helped the Wildcats reach the 2002 Class A State tournament while also serving as the boys head coach at the middle school.

Upon leaving DCA, Wilson worked in a similar role at Harding Academy in Memphis for one-year before coaching the boys basketball team at White House Christian Academy during the 2003-04 season.

Wilson was then assistant coach on the Columbia Academy boys team for two years and was also the head coach of the girls squad during the 2005-06 season.

After leaving Columbia Academy, Wilson guided the boys program at Cornersville for the next six years. Although he compiled a 55-105 record at CHS, Wilson recorded 46 wins in his first three seasons there and helped lead the Bulldogs to three straight Region 6-A tournament appearances, highlighted by a stunning 59-51 first round victory over District 12-A power Summertown in 2008.