May 16, 2012

Mount Tabs Ben Wilkins as Men's Basketball Assistant Coach

Emmitsburg, Md. (May 15, 2012)—Mount St. Mary's men's basketball coach Jamion Christian has announced the hiring of Ben Wilkins as an assistant coach.  Wilkins comes to the Mount after spending the past six seasons as an assistant coach at William and Mary.

Wilkins spent his six seasons on the staff at William and  Mary under the direction of two-time Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year Tony Shaver.  Wilkins was instrumental in implementing the offensive and defensive systems at William and Mary.  His responsibilities included scouting, scheduling, recruiting, individual skill work and development of the perimeter players.

William and Mary appeared in the CAA championship game in two of the past five seasons, and Wilkins was part of the staff that saw one of the best four-year stretches in school history that culminated with a 22-win season and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament in 2010.  Wilkins and Christian were on staff together at William and Mary for three seasons.

"I have worked alongside Coach Wilkins and I know the value of person and coach he instantly adds to our program here at the Mount," said Christian.  "His experience in program building and understanding of the team dynamic is second to none.  I look forward to him impacting our program in the same ways as he has done on every stop along his coaching journey."

Before coming to William and Mary, Wilkins served as the video coordinator at North Carolina State in 2005-06.  The Wolfpack went 22-10 that year while advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  He was an assistant coach at Barton College from 2003-05, helping the Bulldogs to a 35-21 record over those two seasons.

Wilkins graduated from North Carolina State in 2001.