Football Coaching Staff

Earnest Wilson enters his fourth season on the NMSU football staff as the Aggies running back coach.

   Wilson guided running backs Justine Buries and Tonny Glynn in 2007. The Aggies’ running back corps tallied 1,278 yards on the ground, led by Buries who led the team with 629 yards and three touchdowns. Glynn was second on the team in rushing with 487 yards and four touchdowns in just 10 games.

            Prior to the season, Wilson was given an opportunity of a lifetime, as an intern coach for the Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts. Wilson spent several weeks at the Colts preseason Training Camp. While with the Colts, Wilson worked with the running backs, attending team meetings and running practices.

   Wilson entered 2006 with running back Justine Buries as the Aggies top-returner from 2005. Buries started the 2006 season right where he left off with his fifth 100-yard rushing game of his career against Southeastern Louisiana. He then suffered a season ending knee injury.

   In 2005, Wilson guided running back Buries to record four 100-yard rushing games, including three consecutive games with 100 yards or more on the ground for the first time since 2000.

   Wilson came to NMSU after serving as offensive coordinator at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.

   Wilson has an impressive background, which includes a stint as the head coach and director of football operations for the Jacksonville Tomcats and Carolina Rhinos of Arena League Football 2.

   In his first stint as head coach in AFL2, he led the Rhinos to a 13-5 record in 2001 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. In his first season as head coach in 2000, the Rhinos posted a 10-8 record.

   In 2002 he took over at Jacksonville, leading the Tomcats to an 8-8 record.

   He has been at Benedict, an NCAA Division II school, the past two seasons. In 2003, Benedict posted a 6-5 overall record, the best for the school since 1962.

   Wilson has also served as head coach of the Dayton Skyhawks of the Indoor Football League (1999), offensive coordinator at Oberlin College (1998), offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Elizabeth City State University (1996-97), special teams, receivers and tight ends coach at Alabama A&M (1994-95), receivers and tight ends coach at Maine (1992), and receivers and tight ends coach at Allegheny College (1990-91).

   He also served as an offensive graduate assistant for Coach Joe Paterno in 1993 and served as a Minority Fellowship Intern for both the Minnesota Vikings (1993) and the Indianapolis Colts (1992).

   At Penn State, the Nittany Lions finished 10-2 and won the 1993 Citrus Bowl. While at Allegheny, he served on a staff that won the 1990 NCAA Division III national championship.

   Wilson played football while receiving both his graduate and undergraduate degrees from Texas Tech University.


Wilson File



Full Name: Earnest J. Wilson III

Birthdate/Place:March 30, 1965, Columbus Ohio


Children: E.J.(13), Jonathan (11), Mya (5)



Texas Tech University (B.S. Recreation, 1989)

Texas Tech University (M.ED. Sports Administration, 1990)


Playing Career

Texas Tech University - Running Back (1984-86)


Coaching Career

Assistant Coach - Allegheny College, 1990-92

Intern - Indianapolis Colts, 1992

Assistant Coach - University of Maine, 1992-93

Intern - Minnesota Vikings, 1993

Graduate Assistant - Penn State, 1993-94

Assistant Coach - Alabama A&M, 1994-96

Assistant Coach - Elizabeth City State, 1996-98

Assistant Coach - Oberlin College, 1998-99

Head Coach - Dayton Skyhawks, 1999 (Indoor Football)

Head Coach - Carolina Rhinos, 1999-2001 (Arena Football)

Head Coach - Jacksonville Tomcats, 2001-02 (Arena Football)

Assistant Coach - Benedict College, 2003-04

Assistant Coach (Runningbacks) - New Mexico State, 2005 -



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