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WSU hires Wilson as linebackers coach

PULLMAN – Washington State filled the last of its two coaching vacancies on Wednesday, officially announcing Ken Wilson as the team’s new linebackers coach.

Wilson, who spent the previous 23 seasons at Nevada, will replace former linebackers coach Jeff Choate, who left to become the new defensive coordinator at UTEP.

“Ken brings tremendous experience to our coaching staff along with an attitude and expectation for success derived from his time at Nevada,” coach Mike Leach said in a statement.

Wilson was Nevada’s linebackers coach and associate head coach for the past five seasons under longtime Wolfpack coach Chris Ault, who announced his retirement in December.

Wilson, who has defensive coordinator experience, also worked with WSU running backs coach Jim Mastro for seven seasons at Nevada.

Wilson is a graduate of North Central College in Naperville, Ill.