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Katy Wilson named women's basketball coach


Katy Wilson
Katy Wilson, new women's basketball coach at Edmonds CC.

Edmonds College today announced the hiring of Katy Wilson as women’s basketball head coach. Wilson comes to Edmonds CC with a background as a standout collegiate athlete and with years of coaching experience at the high school and college levels.

“We are thrilled to have Katy aboard as our women’s basketball coach,” said athletic director Jorge de la Torre. “She will be a terrific leader for our student athletes.”

Wilson most recently worked as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team at Clackamas Community College (Ore.) under three-time NWAACC champion Clif Wegner. The Cougars posted a 17-14 mark during the 2012-13 season and reached the semifinals of the NWAACC Championship Tournament.

“Although it is difficult to leave Oregon, I have the experience, the education, and the desire to build my own successful program,” Wilson said. “I am very thankful to Clif Wegner for giving me the opportunity to be a part of his coaching staff. I am excited to start a new chapter in my life and achieving one of my life’s goals, but it was hard for me to leave such a good community.”

Wilson has nine years of coaching experience. Notably, she worked as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team at Portland Community College and as the head coach at Lakeridge High School, where she helped turn around a losing program. Wilson also coached basketball, volleyball, and track at Jesuit High School when the program was ranked No. 1.

As a player, Wilson was a four-year varsity, first team all-league, and all-state honoree in volleyball, basketball, and track, and was a Division I recruit in all three sports. She competed at elite levels in three sports over a five-year span in college, including basketball and track at Central Arizona College. Her basketball coach there was Hall of Famer Lin Laursen. Wilson later transferred to Hawaii Pacific University, where she played on a nationally ranked volleyball team.

Wilson was born in Kodiak, Alaska, but grew up in Waldport, Ore. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management at Hawaii Pacific, a master’s in Health Education at Western Oregon, and a master’s in Teaching at Pacific University.

De la Torre said that Wilson, a fitness enthusiast, brings a wealth of valuable knowledge in coaching basketball and conditioning, having worked extensively training elite high school, college, NBA, and WNBA players. She currently works at Portland Community College (Ore.) as a health and PE instructor.

Wilson will immediately take over the recruiting and administration of the Edmonds CC women’s basketball team and is in the process of putting together her staff. She will be in the Lynnwood area full time this summer.

“I am looking forward to being a leader to young women at Edmonds, to develop student athletes, and to be a mentor for the community,” said Wilson. “I will create a successful winning program by preparing my student athletes in academics and basketball fundamentals. My players will work hard, have a good basketball IQ, and be successful at the next level.”

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