Aerial Wilson Named Florida Tech Panthers Assistant Coach
By Florida Tech // August 30, 2019
Space Coast Sports Hall of Famer
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Aerial Wilson’s career at Rockledge High School produced video game-like numbers. She scored over 2,200 points in her four-year high school career, 1,413 of them in her junior and senior seasons.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Tech women’s basketball head coach John Reynolds has announced the hiring of Aerial Wilson as the team’s new Assistant Coach.
“I am excited to have Aerial Wilson on my coaching staff because of her incredible knowledge and passion for the game of basketball,” said Reynolds. “Her desire to be successful at the collegiate coaching level will undoubtedly make her a great assistant coach for our program.”
Wilson joins the staff after serving as the head coach of the Melbourne High School girls’ basketball team the past four seasons (2015-19). She was hired as the Bulldogs’ head coach at only the age of 24 and she made an instant impact on the program. Over the four years, Wilson amassed an overall record of 88-16, including a jaw-dropping 47-1 mark against in-conference opponents.
The Bulldogs ranked in the Top 25 in the state of Florida in 2015-16 and 2016-17. She led the team to three consecutive undefeated Cape Coast Conference championship seasons in 2015-18, two Florida class 8A District championships in 2015-16 and 2016-17 and two Florida 8A Regional runner-up finishes in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
Her success earned her two Cape Coast Conference Coach of the Year awards in 2017 and 2018 and an induction into the Space Coast Daily Hall of Fame earlier this year.
Prior the MHS, Aerial served as assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator for the Eastern Florida State College women’s basketball team for the 2014-15 season. Due to her recruiting efforts, the Titans brought in many women that eventually moved into the Division I ranks following their stint at EFSC.
Wilson also had a very successful scholastic playing career during her time at local Rockledge High School. A four-year varsity athlete at “The Rock”, Wilson tallied an amazing 2,209 career points for the Raiders, including 1,413 points in her junior and senior seasons alone.
In her junior season at Rockledge, Wilson finished second in the state of Florida in scoring, averaging 27.2 points per game. During her senior year, she averaged 31.2 points per game and was named the 2009 Florida Class 4A Player of the Year and a finalist for the 2009 Florida’s Miss Basketball award.
Wilson moved on from RHS to earn a Division I scholarship to play for the Virginia Tech Hokies, where she was a member of the women’s basketball program from 2009-13. Her best year in Blacksburg came in 2011-12 when she averaged 12.1 points, 2.9 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game and garnered the team’s Most Valuable Player award.
Recently in May 2019, the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame honored Wilson for her incredible high school career by inducting her into the 2019 Hall of Fame class.
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