March 4, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming head football coach Dave Christensen announced Friday the hiring of Brian Wilkinson as Director of Football Operations. Wilkinson comes to Wyoming from the University of California-Berkeley where he was the Assistant Director of Football Operations.
Wilkinson has eight years experience working in college athletics at the University of California and Sacramento State University.
"Brian (Wilkinson) brings a great deal of experience to our staff," said Christensen. "He is an individual who has a lot of energy, pays attention to detail and is a great fit for our staff. With his experience, I know that he will implement the detailed planning necessary to help make our program run as smoothly as possible. We're very happy to have Brian join the University of Wyoming football program."
"I am very appreciative for the opportunity that Coach (Dave) Christensen and Mr. (Tom) Burman have given me," said Wilkinson. "I'm really excited to be part of an athletic department that has such a rich tradition as the University of Wyoming, and I'm elated to be able to work with a great coaching staff.
"The state of Wyoming and the Laramie community is a place that was very attractive to my wife and me. I look forward to getting my family out here, and we look forward to raising our two boys here."
As the Assistant Director of Football Operations at Cal in 2010, Wilkinson was involved in organizing all aspects of team travel. He produced the daily schedules for the football program. Wilkinson also assisted in hosting recruiting visit weekends for potential recruits, as well as assisting with all aspects of football recruiting.
He first served as the Assistant Director of Football Operations at Cal from 2005-2008. During that time, he was involved in preparation for Cal's appearances in the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl and 2007 Armed Forces Bowl.
Also while at Cal, Wilkinson was the Director of Softball Operations from 2005-06. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Equipment Manager for the Bears from 2003-05.
The Bears played in five bowl games during Wilkinson's time at Cal, winning four. They won the 2003 Insight Bowl, participated in the 2004 Holiday Bowl, won the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl, won the 2006 Holiday Bowl and won the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl.
From 2008-09, Wilkinson was the Director of Football Operations at Sacramento State University. He coordinated the daily practice schedule at Sac State, coordinated all team travel, was involved in managing the football budget, supervised the equipment room, organized the football team's community relations program, assisted in football recruiting and served as the director of summer football camps.
Wilkinson served in the United States Air Force from 1991-94. After the military, he served as a minor league clubhouse manager and equipment manager for the Oakland Athletics.
Wilkinson and his wife, Tami, have two sons, Bryce and Tyler. He replaces Rick Mallory, who accepted a position as offensive line coach at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) in February.