Alma mater: King’s College, 2000
Previous experience: Maryland, 2011-15 (director of strength and conditioning); Connecticut, 2006-10 (director of strength and conditioning); Kansas, 2005-06 (assistant strength and conditioning coach); Florida State, 2004 (assistant strength and conditioning coach).
Family: Wife — Marguerite; Daughter — Makaela (7); Sons — Andrew Jr. (6) and Isaac (2).
Notable: Earned All-Mid-Atlantic Conference honors as a linebacker during his senior year at King’s College in 1999. … Has a master’s degree in exercise and applied science from Springfield (Mass.) College. … Made the Dean’s List for five semesters at King’s College.
Drew Wilson is well aware of the struggles Colorado has had in football in recent years.
If anything, that excites him as he starts his new job.
“They didn’t have a great season last year, but that doesn’t concern me,” said Wilson, who, on Tuesday, was officially announced as CU’s new director of football strength and conditioning.
“I’m a competitor at heart and I played sports when I was younger and in college, and I welcome the challenge. You want to see what you can do and what program will work. I do welcome the challenge and I think everybody welcomes the challenge if you’re a competitor in this business.”
With CU coming off a 4-9 season — its 10th losing season in a row — the challenge in front of Wilson is very clear. He’s got to do his part to make the Buffaloes more physically competitive in the Pac-12 Conference.
Last month, CU head coach Mike MacIntyre cut ties with Dave Forman, who had worked under MacIntyre the last five years, including the past three at CU.
In his search for the right replacement, MacIntyre turned to his friend Randy Edsall, fired as Maryland’s head coach this season.
Wilson was Edsall’s strength coach the past 10 seasons — five at Connecticut and five at Maryland. He was replaced when new Terrapins head coach D.J. Durkin brought in a new strength and conditioning coach last month.
Edsall recommended Wilson to MacIntyre, and once the wheels were in motion, the process was quick. Wilson interviewed for the job on Wednesday, was quickly offered the position and started work on Monday.
“I knew if I was offered the job it would be a quick turnaround in terms of me getting out here, but that’s the business we’re in,” Wilson said.
In a press release by the school, MacIntyre said he was pleased to be able to add Wilson to the staff.
“Drew Wilson is a dynamic strength coach that brings a lot to the table for us, which we’re excited about,” MacIntyre said. “Of course his expertise in the strength and conditioning area is huge, but his relationships with players is also very big.
“He will have an excellent impact on our young men and the camaraderie that he will build on our team. Plus, having our new strength facility at his disposal will also be big. I’m excited about everything Drew brings to the table with his experience and personal relationships.”
Time is of the essence for Wilson, as players return from winter break this week and dive into offseason training next week. Spring ball is slated to start in February, so Wilson is already working on his offseason plan.
Wilson said MacIntyre told him there is a basic, but important, need to get the Buffs stronger, bigger and faster to compete in the Pac-12. Their philosophies on how to go about that meshed, Wilson said.
“I think it was a good fit on where we need to head,” Wilson said.
Wilson said he is an “Olympic-based coach,” in terms of his philosophy of lifting weights. He implements the scientific aspect of the job when working with coaches, but when he’s with the players, “I keep it as simple as possible.”
Soon enough, Wilson will begin working with the players, and he can’t wait. He’s especially eager to use CU’s new and top-notch facilities, which he said are “definitely better” than what he had to work with at Maryland.
“You spend that much money to get the first-class facility this place has, you’re speaking on your investment,” he said.
Wilson is hoping CU’s investment in him is one that last’s awhile, as he moves his wife and three young children to Colorado.
“Everybody is super excited, pumped to be here and we want to be here for a long time,” he said.