David Wilson

Inducted 2009

David Wilson has been a leader and mentor for football players and coaches across the state for 34 years.

Wilson played football, basketball and baseball at Crawfordville High School in Wakulla, and received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Florida State University in 1971. He served in the United States Air Force for four years, and earned his master's degree in educational administration and supervision from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan., in 1975.

Upon receiving his master's degree, Wilson began his coaching career as assistant football coach and head boys track & field coach at Madison High School from 1975-76, and then at Taylor County High School in Perry from 1976-77. He returned to Madison for another year as assistant football coach (coaching fellow inductee Carl Joseph) before moving on to become head football coach, head golf coach and athletic director at Crescent City High School. In 1982, Wilson became head football and boys weightlifting coach at Middleburg High School, where he remained until 1991. He met his greatest coaching success at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, where he won state championships in 1999 and 2001, and also won five regional championships.

Wilson's 27-year career coaching record is 213-94-1. One hundred forty-six of his players have earned college scholarships, 96 to Division I schools. He has coached in several All-Star games, including the Florida-Georgia High School All-Star Football Game, the Califlorida Bowl and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

A state leader, Wilson was a member of the FHSAA Board of Directors in 1987-88, and is a past president of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association. He served on the FACA Board of Directors from 1978-1994, and is a popular clinic speaker. For 20 years, Wilson ran a free football tryout camp for graduating seniors at Middleburg and Lincoln; an estimated 20 students per year received scholarship aid through the program. In 1987, he was a member of the committee for the coaching certification program for the Department of Education with the University of Florida in 1987.

Wilson is a member of the FACA Hall of Fame, receiving its President's Award in 1988 and its Meritorious Service Award in 1989. He was selected as the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 6A Coach of the Year in 2000.