MISTY WILSON | HEAD COACH
When the 2017-18 basketball season begins, Misty Wilson will start her fourth season as the head coach of the Tarleton State TexAnns.
Wilson is coming off a breakthrough season as the leader of TexAnn Basketball that culminated in her first-ever championship and appearance in the NCAA regional tournament. Tarleton put together a magical run through the Lone Star Conference Tournament, including a 17-point rally against Angelo State to earn Wilson’s first LSC Tournament Championship and an automatic berth into the national playoffs.
She started her career with back-to-back 17-win seasons. In her sophomore season as the leader of the program, she earned her first LSC Tournament victory with an overtime win over Texas A&M-Commerce to advance to the semifinal round of the league’s postseason tournament – making her the fastest head coach to advance to the semifinals in school history.
In her first season at the helm, Wilson guided the TexAnns to a record of 17-10 and a berth in the Lone Star Conference Championship Tournament. Her 17 wins in her debut season is the most victories by a TexAnn rookie head coach in the NCAA era, topping Ronnie Hearne's 14 wins in his inaugural 2003 season.
Wilson was named the sixth head coach of the TexAnns following the retirement of 11-year head coach, Ronnie Hearne, at a press conference on March 26, 2014. Wilson earned the promotion following a four-year playing and 12-year coaching career as the top assistant for TexAnn basketball.
She has seen great success, and helped lead the TexAnns to all seven NCAA tournament appearances in school history.
As an assistant coach, she spent her first collegiate coaching season alongside Claude Cummings before Hearne took over the program in 2003. For the 11 seasons alongside Hearne, the TexAnn coaching tandem lifted Tarleton into the national spotlight by earning postseason berths in each of Hearne’s 11 seasons - including six NCAA regional tournaments. Wilson was a part of 219 wins over her 12-year career as an assistant coach.
Wilson, the sixth-best scorer in Tarleton history, joined the staff in August 2002 following a stellar four-year playing career. The Burleson native played in 103 games from 1998 to 2001. She scored 1,440 career points and was the season scoring leader three years in a row.
She's currently in the top 10 of several Tarleton career categories, ranking as high as second all-time in free throws made and attempted (433-545) and steals (326). As a junior she earned a second team All-Lone Star Conference South Division and second team All-South Central Region honors, including first team honors as a senior. In addition, she was the team’s Most Valuable Player for three consecutive years.
Wilson earned a bachelors and master’s degree in exercise and sport’s studies from Tarleton. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 2001 and finished her master’s degree in the spring of 2004.
She lives in Stephenville with her three children: Jade, Mya and Kenna.