Returning for his eighth season as the top assistant coach with the Gauchos is Greg Wilson. Wilson joined the Santa Barbara coaching staff in 2006 after spending three seasons at the helm of Division I Philadelphia University and helped guide UCSB to a national championship in his first year.
He is actively involved in all aspects of the coaching process with duties that include everything from training to alumni relations and recruiting.
While at Philadelphia, Wilson led the Rams to the program's first postseason appearance since 1989 in 2005, earning a berth in the Atlantic Soccer Conference Tournament. He also established a commitment to academic excellence at Philadelphia as his players ranked in the top 80% in the country in Academic Progress Rate, Eligibility/Graduation and Retention according to the NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance.
Prior to taking the head-coaching job at Philadelphia University, Wilson coached at the University of Pennsylvania from 2002-03. His duties included daily team training for the reserve team, assisting with the training and conditioning of field players, and scouting and recruiting. In his first year working at Penn, the Quakers won the Ivy League title and he helped the program advance to its first NCAA Tournament berth in 25 years.
From 1999-2002 Wilson served as the director of the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association. He also coached the ODP Program and guided the squad to the 2006 USYSA Region I Championship. Before that, Wilson spent eight successful seasons as the head coach for the FC Delco Soccer Club, where he won the 1996, 1998, and 2000 USYSA Pennsylvania State Cup.
In addition to being an extremely qualified coach, Wilson also competed at the top levels as a player. A first team all-league performer at the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science from 1990-93, he went on to play professionally with the USISL's Philadelphia Freedom from 1994-96.
Wilson is certified with a United States Soccer Federation "A" License and has a NSCAA "Premier Diploma". He is a regional coaching instructor for the NSCAA and has been a member of the United States Soccer Association since 1994. Wilson earned his Bachelor of Science in marketing from the Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science and received a MBA while at Philadelphia University.
He and his wife Andra live in Santa Barbara with their son, Baylor "Cristiano."