WATERVILLE, Maine —- Ian Wilson, who has won 25 state championships in track and field while head coach at Waterville High School, will be an assistant coach for the Colby College track and field programs during the 2014-15 academic year, the college announced in a news release Wednesday.
Wilson, who did some volunteer work with the Mules this past spring, will work with Colby’s pole vaulters and high jumpers. He announced to his Waterville teams Wednesday that he is stepping down as head coach.
Wilson, a Bates College graduate, was one of the more decorated high school coaches in Maine in any sport. He has 25 Maine Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Coach of the Year honors and 24 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Coach of the Year accolades in indoor and outdoor track and field.
The head coach at Waterville since 1997, Wilson’s teams won 10 state titles in indoor track and field and 15 more championships during the outdoor season. His teams won a stunning 56 KVAC titles in boys outdoor (16), indoor (17), and girls outdoor (11) and indoor (12) track and field.
Wilson also has had success with the Waterville girls soccer team. He started coaching the team in the 2008 season and won two state and four KVAC titles.
He earned four KVAC Coach of the Year awards for soccer.
Wilson was the interim head coach for the Thomas College women’s soccer team in Waterville for the 2001 season.
An English teacher at Waterville High since 1996, Wilson is expected to finish up his master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Texas, Permian Basin in 2014.