2871DSC_0361.JPGBETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College President G.T. “Buck” Smith announced that Kevin Wilson has been named the new Director of Admission.

Wilson comes to Bethany from the Detroit Pistons where he was a special assistant coach from 2005-2007. His duties included assisting the coaching staff during game preparation and practices with special emphasis on zone defenses.

Prior to joining the Pistons, Wilson spent time recruiting in both the college and corporate arenas. His college experience includes a five-year run as head coach at Chapman University and a six-year run as head coach at San Francisco State. Wilson also served as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota from 1971-1975, where he recruited Pistons head coach Flip Saunders and helped lead the Gophers to the Big Ten Championship in the 1971-1972 season.

In the corporate world, Wilson served as a Hospitality Recruiter for TA Davis, Director of Sale Recruitment for Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Director of Human Resources for Marriott Hotels.

“Basically, my life has centered around recruiting and coaching, and it hasn’t always been athletics. I take great pride in the people that I have recruited to come to join me, said Wilson. “Whether that be at Hyatt or Marriot or to play basketball in college.”

As Director of Admission at Bethany, Wilson will oversee successful execution of the admission outreach and recruitment plan and will represent the College at high school visits, on and off-campus programs and other speaking engagements with peers, high school counselors and prospective students and parents.

“One of my goals at Bethany is to further engage the alumni in the recruiting process,” said Wilson. “Alumni are an integral part our success.”

Wilson also spent four years as youth basketball director for the Minnesota Timberwolves and he has been involved with camps and clinics for over 35 years, directing camps in Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin and California.

Wilson earned a degree from Ashland University, where he played basketball and was a two-time All-American and captain in 1969 and 1970. He was inducted into the Ashland University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1985.

A native of Silver Lake, Ohio, he and his wife Bobbin currently reside in Bethany and have two grown children, Courtney and Cameron.