Hearty congratulations go out to George Wilson, former head coach of the Lady Bobcats, who recently added to his lengthy list of accolades. On September 19, Wilson was inducted into the Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame at a dinner and ceremony held at the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center in Springfield, Mo.
Wilson was the Lady Bobcats' coach for 16 seasons, beginning in 1997, compiling a 447-89 record. He won 13 MCAC women's basketball regular-season titles and 15 women's basketball conference tournament titles. His teams could regularly be found competing in the NAIA DII Women's Basketball Championship held in Sioux City each March. On four such occasions, his teams finished as the National Championship Runner-Up. Wilson also celebrated his 1,000th combined high school and college win while serving at the College.
Prior to his tenure at College of the Ozarks, Wilson posted 31 seasons as a high school boy's coach, amassing a 559-284 record. During that time, he coached 11 seasons at Willard, four at Fair Play, one at Osceola, two at Carrollton, six at Walnut Grove, four at Camdenton, and three at Mt. Vernon.
Wilson has been inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, the College of the Ozarks Hall of Fame, and the NAIA Hall of Fame. He has also been honored as the recipient of the 2017 MBCA Gary Filbert Lifetime Achievement Award and was named 10 times as the MCAC Women's Basketball Coach of the Year.
Coach Wilson has done much for the game of basketball over his career, and College of the Ozarks is thankful to have been the recipient of his talents!
Pictured: Coach Wilson with current head coach and long-time assistant Becky Vest