Nancy Wilson

Nancy Wilson

Lake City native Nancy Wilson and Coker University graduate (1973) served as the head basketball coach at College of Charleston from 1976-84, the University of South Carolina from 1985-97 and returned to College of Charleston from 2003-12 winning 542 collegiate games. She was the second women’s basketball coach in CofC history and posted at least 19 wins in all of her eight seasons which included a pair of 30-plus wins. Her 1980, ’81 and ’82 teams each finished second in the nation in AIAW Division II. At USC, she was the Metro Conference Coach of the Year (1985 & 1991), her teams were the Metro Conference Regular-Season Champions (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991) and Conference Tournament Champions (1986, 1988, 1989), advanced to five NCAA tournaments, coached at South Carolina longer than any other women’s basketball head coach (13 seasons), and posted four 20-win seasons and finished the season ranked in the final AP Poll twice (17th in 1989-90, 19th in 1990-91). On the international level, she was head coach for the 1985 National Sports Festival Games and head coach of the 1992 USA World Junior Olympic Team. She returned to coach the Cougars from 2003-12, and in 2012, the Cougars reached the third round of the WBI.