Central Michigan director of track and field/cross country Mark Guthrie has hired Bryant Wilson to join his coaching staff for the 2013-14 season.
Wilson brings an expertise in the pole vault to the Chippewas' coaching staff. A four-time NCAA Division II national champion and two-time U.S. national championships qualifier in the event, Wilson has previously worked with the pole vaulters at Illinois (2010-11) and Saginaw Valley State (2011-12). He will work with pole vaults, men's multi-events and sprints.
"Bryant brings instant credibility as an international caliber athlete and four-time National Champion in the pole vault," Guthrie said. "As a Hale, Michigan product, he possess a knowledge of Michigan high school track and field. That, when coupled with his energy and enthusiasm, was an exciting dimension that I was looking for. He also brings a sprint dynamic to CMU as well with his background in strength and conditioning along with years spent at Illinois with Bryan Carrell working with pole vault and three-time Olympian and coach Tanja Buford-Baily."
In his one season at Illinois, Wilson mentored Matt Bane, who won the Big Ten Conference indoor championship as a freshman. Another freshman, Steph Richartz, placed third at the outdoor conference championships and earned a bid to the NCAA Regionals. Five different vaulters achieved lifetime personal bests under Wilson at Illinois.
At Saginaw Valley State, Wilson guided Elizabeth Willford to a 10th place finish at the NCAA indoor championships in 2012. Most recently, Wilson was assisting with on-track training of the middle distance runners at Northwood.
Wilson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Grand Valley State in 2010. He swept the indoor and outdoor pole vault national titles in 2007 and 2008, was an eight-time All-American and is Grand Valley State's school record holder in the indoor and outdoor pole vault.