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Men’s basketball adds former ACC player, 6-year assistant Wilson to staff

Georgia native played at Florida State, coached at College of Charleston

July 10, 2012


Men’s basketball adds former ACC player, 6-year assistant Wilson to staff

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton men’s basketball coach Tommy Dempsey has added former College of Charleston assistant Andrew Wilson to his staff, the University announced on Tuesday. Wilson joins assistants Ben Luber and Lazarus Sims on Dempsey’s coaching staff for the 2012-13 season.

Wilson, who played collegiately at Florida State, spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Charleston under head coach Bobby Cremins. Recruited by Cremins out of high school, Wilson joined the CofC program in 2006 and helped lead the Cougars to an average of 22 wins a season and three postseason tournament appearances in six years.

“We are very fortunate to add another really bright young coach to our Binghamton staff,” Dempsey said. “Andrew experienced great success as a player in the ACC and he has been well schooled as a coach the past six years at Charleston under a legendary coach in Bobby Cremins.

“We are putting together a top notch staff and I could not be more excited about the future of our basketball program,” Dempsey added.

At Charleston, Wilson gained a reputation for his recruiting, opponent scouting and steadfast determination. During his time on Cremins’ staff, the Cougars advanced to the Southern Conference title game three times, produced four 20-win seasons, a regular season title in 2011 and the program’s first NBA Draft pick in 14 years in current Los Angeles Lakers guard Andrew Goudelock.

“I loved having Andrew Wilson on my staff for six years at the College of Charleston,” Cremins said. “He will be a great addition to the Binghamton coaching staff. He did a great job for our program and recruited some outstanding players. Andrew has an excellent basketball background, having played at Florida State in the ACC, and I believe he has a great future in coaching.”

A native of Kennesaw, Georgia, Wilson played parts of six seasons at Florida State (2001-06), where he showed his mettle by rehabilitating from two devastating injuries to become the first player in the ACC to play in six different seasons. After enduring two medical hardships, Wilson became the school’s all-time leader in games played (129). As a senior co-captain in 2005-06, he averaged a career-high 6.3 points per game and helped the Seminoles advance to the second round of the NIT.

A deadly three-point shooter, he still ranks among the top 15 at Florida State in career three-pointers (110). He is the only player in school history to make seven three-pointers two different games – against North Carolina at the Dean Dome in 2004 and again in 2006 against Virginia. He also ranks in the school’s top 15 for career free throw percentage (77%).

He played on two NIT teams (2004, 2006) and was the most valuable player at the 2005 Orange Bowl Classic vs. Nebraska. Wilson also earned numerous honors at FSU, including the Charlie Ward Most Outstanding Defender Award and the Most Outstanding Student-Athlete (twice).

Wilson was a three-time ACC Academic Team selection, four-time ACC Honor Roll and three-time Dean’s List student. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management from FSU in 2004 and received his master’s degree in sports administration from the university in 2006.

A 2000 graduate of Harrison High School in the metro Atlanta area, Wilson was a two-time first team all-state honoree and is the school’s all-time scoring leader with 1,215 career points. As a senior, he averaged more than 18 points per game, hit 47 percent from three-point range and shot 86 percent from the line to lift the Hoyas to a 22-5 season that culminated in a state playoff berth. He attended the NIKE All-American Camp and NBPA Camp in 1999.

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TRANSACTION – Binghamton University (N.Y.) hired Andrew Wilson as an assistant men’s basketball coach

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