Marty Wilson is in his fourth season at Utah and has been a collegiate coach for the past 17 years. Wilson has earned a reputation as one of the West Coast's top recruiters.
Wilson was the top assistant at UC Santa Barbara from 1998-2004. He helped direct UCSB to an average of 18 wins in the last three years of his tenure. The Gauchos won the Big West Conference West Division title during his first year. UCSB won the Big West Tournament and made an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2002. The Gauchos claimed the Big West regular season title and a National Invitation Tournament bid in 2003.
Prior to his arrival in Santa Barbara, Wilson spent two seasons as an assistant at the University of San Diego, where he was the Toreros' recruiting coordinator.
Wilson began his collegiate coaching career at Pepperdine after graduating in 1989. After starting out as the restricted earnings coach, he was elevated to full-time status in April of 1994. One year later, he was named as the top assistant. In January of 1996, at the age of 28, he was named interim head coach for the Waves, replacing Tony Fuller, who resigned in mid-season. That year, Wilson directed Pepperdine into the semifinals of the West Coast Conference Tournament with a first-round upset of top-seeded Santa Clara, which was led by two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash.
During Wilson's six seasons as a member of the Pepperdine staff, the Waves went 106-72; advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1991, 1992 and 1994; and played in the NIT in 1993. From the 1990-91 through `92-93 seasons, Pepperdine won 34 of 35 games - including 21 in a row at one point - in West Coast Conference play. While at Pepperdine, Wilson had the opportunity to coach Doug Christie, who was a two-time WCC Player of the Year and went on to a 14-year NBA career.
Wilson played for Pepperdine from 1984-89. After missing the 1986-87 season due to a back injury, Wilson returned for his senior year in 1988-89. As the starting point guard, he led the team to a 20-13 record and the second round of the NIT.
Wilson is from Pacoima, Calif. He and his wife, Mayra, have a daughter, Jessica (15), and a son, Jalon (12). Before coming to the U., Wilson ran a free basketball camp for around 100 under-privileged kids on an annual basis during the summers in his hometown.