McNeese State Head Coach Unexpectedly Resigns To Join Brian Kelly at LSU

New Orleans native, and long time LSU assistant resigns from McNeese State. Frank Wilson is headed back to LSU after taking over at McNeese State in 2020.

Frank Wilson rejoins LSU as Associate Head Coach
Source: Jonathan Mailhes

On Tuesday, Brian Kelly announced he has hired Frank Wilson as associate head coach for LSU.

This moved stunned many in Lake Charles as Frank Wilson joined McNeese State in January of 2020 after spending four seasons as the head coach at UTSA. Frank Wilson made history at the time of his hiring as the first African-American head football coach in McNeese State history and the second in the history of the Southland Conference. He led them to a 7-11 overall record with five loses coming by ten points or less.

Wilson previously spent six years on the LSU staff as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. During his time there, LSU had four Top 10 recruiting classes, including the No. 2 class in 2014 and No. 5 class in 2015. Furthermore, LSU appeared in six bowl games including the 2012 BCS National Championship game and the 2011 SEC Championship as well as posted a 61-17 overall record while Wilson was a member of the LSU staff.

Brian Kelly is looking to tap into Wilson's recruiting prowess as he has been recognized twice as the national recruiter of the year. Wilson is responsible for recruiting players to LSU such as Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Leonard Fournette, and the list goes on.