Volleyball | Tue 26 Jul 2022 at 1:40 PM
BRUNSWICK, Ga.- The Mariners volleyball team is adding Clayon Wilson to the coaching staff ahead of the upcoming season. Wilson hails from Lake City, Florida and brings head coaching experience to the team.
“We are pleased to welcome Clayon Wilson to the department and our volleyball coaching staff. Coach Every has taken the time to carefully consider potential assistant coaches to add to the volleyball staff,” said the athletic director, Dr. William Carlton. “After extensive research, Clay Wilson is the right person to join his team. Coach Wilson brings a strong volleyball background, having served as the head volleyball coach at Florida Gateway College, as well as a solid recruiting team in Florida. Coach Wilson’s background as a head coach and her recruiting experience will be extremely important to the short and long term success of our volleyball program. We expect her to makes a significant contribution to our team.
Wilson was the head coach at Florida Gateway College where she broke a two-season losing record and had seven athletes finish in the top 25 for statistical categories, including digs, blocks per set and assists . Wilson also understands the importance of success off the field as his team finished with the college’s highest GPA (3.2) and five athletes have made the NJCAA varsity team.
“I learned at FGC that creating a good team culture is key to your success. Everyone has to be on the same page to get the results you want,” Wilson told about his time at FGC. “FGC has also created space for me to build good relationships in the volleyball community and that’s so important when it comes to recruiting.”
Over the years, Wilson has had the opportunity to volunteer to coach with the Florida High Performance Indoor Volleyball Team, conduct numerous clinics in underserved areas, coach indoor teams ranked nationally and recently being a mentor with the Big 10 Volleyball Conference as part of their diversity and networking program.
Before becoming a coach, Wilson was a player herself. Wilson began her college volleyball career at Southern Connecticut State University and graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA.
The scholarship has been important to Wilson for a long time. While at Dillard, she worked with the Gulf Coast Atlantic Conference (GCAC) as a published writer, assisting with conference athletics and basketball tournaments and was named a sports ambassador for her work with the director. sports information and the sports director. Wilson also holds a degree in psychology and received the department’s highest level of achievement. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Sports Coaching and Psychology.
Attention to detail is something Wilson focuses on when coaching. She believes everything you do, from how you enter the gym to how you land after jumping, matters.
“The little things matter. How you land, how you twist your wrist, how you move your arm, what do you think when you first come into practice, how do you feel when you hear certain statements or comments? The little things add up to the big things,” Wilson said.
Wilson is excited about the start of her trip to Coastal Georgia with the season set to begin in a few weeks.
“I’m thrilled to move to a different conference and help continue the winning tradition that Coastal is famous for,” Wilson said. “I’m beyond excited to be working with Coaches Valery. [Every] and Coach Tori [Pelphery] and launch a new system. I’m just grateful to have the opportunity to continue doing what I love.”