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February 13, 2013
Rutgers added a new coach today when it announced that Darrell Wilson will take over as the team's new secondary coach. Wilson, a New Jersey native, previously coached at Rutgers during the 1999 season.
During that one-year stint in Piscataway, he coached the running backs before a two-year stay at Wisconsin. That led to a stop at Iowa, where he coached from the 2002 season up until earlier today.
Wilson has Jersey roots as a graduate of Pennsauken High School and former head coach at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, N.J.
There, he served as a mentor to one of the state's top high school head coaches, Rob Hinson of Timber Creek.
"He gave me my first job back in 1995 at Wilson," Hinson said. "He's a phenomenal, phenomenal coach. He's a technician football-wise. But any kid that has ever had the pleasure of meeting him, he established relationships with; even the guys that didn't play for him. He's a guy that cares about kids tremendously and it's just a super, super hire for Rutgers."
Hinson's Timber Creek squad just earned its second straight state title and more recently had five of its seniors sign letters of intent to Division 1 schools last week.
Being very tuned into the recruiting circuit, Hinson sees Rutgers getting a significant boost in that area.
"It gets a boost right away," he said. "Everybody in south Jersey loves coach Wilson. Coach Panagos has done a fantastic job, but being a south Jersey guy Darrell knows everybody. He's been recruiting this area for dozens of years. He knows just about every coach in south Jersey from relationships that he's built over the years. It just strengthens Rutgers all the way around; football, recruiting and with the character people they have. I just can't say enough to what he's going to mean to that program. Rutgers is in a very good position. "
Having learned under Wilson and known him for so many years, Hinson offered his thoughts on what makes him stand out.
"His big thing is just the way he treats people. He treats everybody with respect regardless of their position, title, what they do in life whether it's football or not football. He treats everybody with respect and kindness and he gets your back. I think that's what the kids really like about him, the amount of respect he treats you with, whether you play division 1a or division 3. Coach Wilson makes you feel good about yourself."