Marty Wilson was the only member of former coach Wyking Jones’ staff who was retained when Mark Fox took over the program last month.
Fox has known Wilson for a quarter-century and said Wilson got high marks from others in the athletic department to whom he spoke.
Wilson’s one year at Berkeley gives him some institution knowledge neither Fox nor others on the staff enjoy. “He gives us some unique advantages out of the gate to help make this transition smoother.”
Wilson, 52, was previously head coach for seven seasons at Pepperdine, his alma mater. He twice directed the Waves to 18-win seasons, but he never guided the program into the NCAA tournament and he was fired after going 6-26 in 2017-18.
In addition to his long association with Pepperdine, Wilson was an assistant at San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and Utah. Those connections to the West Coast will be beneficial to the Bears, Fox said.
“The knowledge of where the players are, who the people are, I think that’s really important to us,” he said.