Nevada Football Names Oregon Co-DC Ken Wilson As Head Coach, Sources Confirm


Nevada is set to hire Oregon defensive coordinator Ken Wilson as their next football head coach, sources confirmed to ESPN on Friday.

Wilson has already spent 19 seasons as a coach in Nevada, including five seasons as an assistant head coach and four as a defensive coordinator. He has spent the past nine seasons working in Washington State and Oregon.

ESPN reported Thursday that Wilson had interviewed officials in Nevada and had the strong support of former Wolf Pack coach Chris Ault. Wilson would replace Jay Norvell, who left for Colorado state on Monday.

Wilson’s pending hiring was first reported by The Athletic.

Wilson helped guide the Ducks to back-to-back Pac-12 championships in 2019 and 2020 and was part of 11 league titles during his coaching career. He’s been on 19 teams that have reached a bowl game, including 16 of the past 17 seasons.

He worked for three head coaches in Nevada: Ault, Jeff Tisdel and Jeff Horton (1993). In 1996, Wilson was the youngest defensive coordinator in Division I, and the Wolf Pack led the Big West in almost every defensive statistic category. Nevada finished 9-3 and beat Ball State 18-15 at the Las Vegas Bowl.

Wilson’s son Tyler was a longtime Nevada player from 2012-2014.

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