Wilson is out

By Jim Gazzolo

Frank Wilson has resigned as the head football coach at McNeese State effective immediately.

Wilson gave his letter of resignation to Athletic Director Heath Schroyer Tuesday morning. 

After just 22 months as head coach of he Cowboys, Wilson was resigned Tuesday with two years left on his contract. 

A national search will begin immediately to find Wilson’s replacement. A new coach is expected to be named sooner rather than later.

“I am humbled to have served as the head coach at McNeese State University,” Wilson said in a statement. “While there were unique challenges over the last two years, including two hurricanes that impacted our community and team, I couldn’t be more grateful for how our university leadership and team embraced these challenges. 

“Your new head coach will inherit a strong-minded group of young men who have excelled in the classroom and demonstrated a willingness to work that is sincerely inspiring. These young men withstood tough times and many moving parts, but these young men will win. My only regret is that we did not position our team to win the Southland Conference. I will always be a McNeese supporter.”

Wilson came to Lake Charles as the man who would lead McNeese State football through the darkness of academic probation and a playoff ban. Who could ever have imagined that would end up being the least of his troubles.

McNeese was a disappointing 7-11 under Wilson, posting a 3-4 in the spring and 4-7 in the fall. The back-to-back losing campaigns ended a streak of 16 straight winning seasons.

McNeese lost the last game of the season last Saturday to Northwestern State. It marked the first time the Cowboys lost at home to the Demons since 1988. 

Wilson had to overcome numerous issues since his hiring back in Jan. of 2020. There were a pair of hurricanes, damaged facilities, a bevy of transfers after the Cowboys were placed by playoff ban. Along the way there was 

Wilson came to town as the man who would lead McNeese State football through the darkness of academic probation and a playoff ban.

“We appreciate everything Coach Wilson has done to help our football program and our community heal from two very difficult years,” Schroyer Said. “Coach Wilson is first class and was an excellent leader for our student-athletes. I wish he and his family the best in all of their future endeavors.”  

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