Former UTSA head coach Frank Wilson returns to LSU

UTSA head football coach Frank Wilson gets his players pumped up with a competitive drill called "the bird cage" during practice on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. Wilson ended his run at UTSA later that season. 

UTSA head football coach Frank Wilson gets his players pumped up with a competitive drill called "the bird cage" during practice on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. Wilson ended his run at UTSA later that season. 

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Former UTSA head coach Frank Wilson has resigned his position as head coach of McNeese State and is returning to LSU as an associate head coach.

"Frank Wilson has a proven track record of identifying, recruiting, and developing elite student-atheletes everywhere he has been," LSU head coach Brian Kelly said in a release. "No one knows the recruiting landscape in Louisiana better than Frank, and his experience and character will be tremendous resources for our staff and student-athletes."

Wilson coached the Roadrunners to a 19-29 record in four seasons before being fired on December 1, 2019 — a day after UTSA wrapped up a 4-8 campaign. 

He previously spent six years on the LSU coach staff, serving as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator, according to LSU Athletics. He helped LSU to six bowl appearances, including the 2012 BCS National Championship game, the 2011 SEC Championship, and an overall mark of 61-17.

"I will forever be grateful to the coaches, staff, and athletes I have been fortunate to work with at McNeese State, and I will remember the lessons I have learned in my six seasons as head coach," Wilson said. "The opportunity to return home to LSU and join Coach Kelly's staff was one my family and I simply could not pass up."

At UTSA and McNeese, Wilson went 26-40 as head coach in six years, which included an appearance in the New Mexico Bowl in his first season at UTSA. 

"I could not be more excited to return to Baton Rouge and do whatever I can to help the Tigers consistently compete for and win championships," Wilson said.