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Educator/Coach - Jerry Wilson

Jerry Wilson
From 1975-2001 Jerry Wilson, Century's first boys basketball coach, established respect on the court as well as in the classrooms of Century High School, with over 400 victories and numerous accolades in the annals of Who's Who of American Teachers.

Wilson 's coaching and teaching career started in 1964 with three years in Minot followed by a year pursuing his graduate degree in mathematics at San Diego State University. His head coaching career began in his home state of Montana in 1968. Just three years later, Wilson made his first state appearance while coaching basketball in Fairview, MT. After his fourth place finish, the Wilson name was regularly heard as he continued to build up a 443-299 record, complete with nine conference championships and 15 state appearances while head coach at CHS. Though Wilson also coached football and track in his starting years, his heart belonged to basketball.

His tenure at Century was highlighted with WDA championships in 1983, 1984, 1989 and 1997. Century's first state championship came under Wilson's guidance in 1984. Wilson was also named ND Basketball Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1989; WDA Coach of the Year in 1993, 1995, 1997 and 2001. His teams qualified for State 12 out of the last 13 years. In the year of his retirement, Wilson received the Special Achievement Award from ND Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

Wilson 's peers viewed him as honest and organized: two characteristics that contributed to a well-respected math teacher and basketball coach.

"I take the most pride on winning the state boys' basketball championship, but equally important are the accomplishments of so many of the math students and players and the gratitude they have expressed to me through the years."

− Jerry Wilson −

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