Lindsey Wilson named head women's basketball coach

Fresno Pacific University Director of Athletics Dr. Dennis Janzen has announced Lindsey Wilson as the new head coach of the Sunbirds’ women’s basketball program. A press conference will be held next week (date & time TBD) to formally introduce Wilson as head coach.
Wilson, who becomes the seventh head coach in program history, comes to FPU from Eastern New Mexico University where she's spent the last two seasons as head coach in one of the nation’s toughest NCAA Division II conferences.
Janzen says Wilson’s infectious enthusiasm, work ethic and knowledge of the game make her a perfect fit for a women’s basketball program in need of a spark.
“We are very pleased that Lindsey has accepted our invitation to lead the resurgence of the women's basketball program at Fresno Pacific,” said Janzen. “Lindsey's commitment to excellence has been demonstrated throughout her basketball career and stood out amongst a very large applicant pool.  She is a strong institutional fit with a great work ethic. We are excited for the future of FPU women's basketball.”
During her two seasons with the Greyhounds, Wilson took a program that had failed to make the conference tournament since 2003 to back-to-back Lone Star Conference tournament appearances.
Last season, despite fielding a team nearly entirely comprised of freshmen and sophomores, she led ENMU to two of its biggest wins in program history, knocking off each of the conference’s top teams, Abilene Christian and Division II powerhouse Midwestern State. Both teams made the NCAA Tournament this year, with MSU advancing to the Sweet 16.
Prior to being named the head coach at ENMU, Wilson served as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Texas-Arlington for five seasons. During her time with the Mavericks she helped lead the program to a perfect 17-0 record in the Southland Conference and a trip to the NCAA Tournament after winning both the regular season and conference tournament titles in 2006-07. In 2008-09 she helped lead UTA to another conference title and a trip to the NIT.
The daughter of an Oklahoma high school basketball coaching legend, Wilson has been around the game all of her life. After a standout high school career, she went on to play college basketball at NCAA Division II Central Oklahoma, where she was team captain.
Wilson takes over a program that went 4-21 last year in its first season of NCAA Division II and Pacific West Conference play. The program has not experienced a winning season since 2007 and hasn’t posted a winning conference record since 2002.
Despite the recent drought, the FPU women's basketball program has a rich tradition with an all-time record of 512-392 (.566 win percentage), seven conference titles (2nd most in the history of the Golden State Athletic Conference prior to the program joining the NCAA), and numerous alumni that have gone on to become leaders in their communities.
“I am very thankful God has opened this new door and new opportunity in my life,” said Wilson. “I am extremely appreciative of both President Menjares and Dr. Janzen for their confidence in me to restore Sunbird women’s basketball to prominence. I am very excited for the future. We will play hard and be fun to watch.”
The Sunbirds are set to enter the third and final year of their transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division II. During the final transition year FPU will be ineligible for NCAA postseason play, but eligible for PacWest Conference titles and awards.
Wilson, 29, holds a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Central Oklahoma and a master’s degree in education from Emporia State (Kansas).