Ollie Wilson, LaDainian Tomlinson?s first-year position coach, is returning to the Chargers in 2008 to coach the team?s running backs. Wilson signed a two-year contract with the team. The Chargers also agreed to new two-year contract terms with Special Teams Coach Steve Crosby, Quarterbacks Coach John Ramsdell, and Offensive Line Coach Hal Hunter, Jr., completing Head Coach Norv Turner?s staff for the 2008 season. A veteran with 17 years of NFL coaching experience on his resume, Wilson returns to San Diego (1997-2001) after spending the last six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons (2002-07). In his last season with the Chargers, Wilson tutored Tomlinson as a rookie. It was a season that was capped off with LT being named the runner-up for the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. Tomlinson had a monster season, setting team rookie records with 1,236 yards, 10 touchdowns and 1,603 total yards from scrimmage. His scrimmage mark was not only a team rookie record, but it also broke Lance Alworth?s 36-year old team record for scrimmage yards. Tomlinson earned All-Rookie honors from Pro Football Weekly and was tabbed as a third-alternate to the Pro Bowl. Wilson began his coaching career at the collegiate level, spending the 1975 season as the wide receivers coach at his alma mater, Springfield College, the 1976-82 seasons as offensive coordinator at Northeastern University and the 1983-90 seasons as the running backs coach at the University of California-Berkeley. While coaching in college, he participated in the NFL?s Minority Coaching Fellowship Program, spending time working with the coaching staffs of both the Houston Oilers and the Falcons. It helped him land his first full-time NFL coaching job in 1991 when he was named the running backs coach in Atlanta. Wilson spent six seasons (1991-96) with the Falcons during his first stint in Atlanta. He coached three 1,000-yard rushers during that time, including Craig ?Ironhead? Heyward, who was selected to the NFC Pro Bowl team after he rushed for 1,083 yards in 1995. Wilson was initially hired by the Chargers in 1997, coaching running backs under then Head Coach Kevin Gilbride. As a team, the Chargers rushed for more than 1,200 yards in four of his five seasons, including 1,728 yards in 1998 and 1,695 yards in 2001. Wilson returned to Atlanta after the 2001 season and spent the next seven seasons coaching the Falcons? running backs. During those seven seasons combined, no team in the NFL rushed for more yards than the Falcons (13,994 yards). By comparison, the Chargers? 13,157 rushing yards rank third. The Falcons set several team rushing records under his direction, including single-season rushing yards (2,939 in 2006) and single-season rushing touchdowns (23 in 2002). The Falcons? 2,939 rushing yards in ?06 were the ninth-most for a season in NFL history and the most in the league since the Chicago Bears rushed for 2,974 yards in 1984. In 2004, Atlanta rushed for a team-record 2,672 yards, the third-most single-season yards posted by a team between 1990-2004. In a Divisional Playoff game against St. Louis following the ?04 season, the Falcons rushed for a team-record (regular season or postseason) 327 yards against the Rams. Wilson, 56, was born in Worcester, Mass. and he played football, basketball, baseball and ran track at Worcester?s Doherty High School. He went on to Springfield College where he was an honorable mention All-America wide receiver and earned both bachelor?s (physical education) and master?s degrees.
Ollie Wilson Returns To Chargers' Coaching Staff