PISCATAWAY, NJ – Chip Wilde (WILL-dee) has been named Coordinator for Men’s Basketball Operations at Rutgers University, it was announced today by Scarlet Knight head basketball coach Gary Waters. Wilde’s appointment begins June 21.
Wilde, 34, a native of Macomb, IL, comes to Rutgers from Collin County Community College in Plano, TX where he served as an assistant coach for the No. 2 ranked team in the final NJCAA Division I National Poll last season. Wilde also brings five years of Division I assistant coaching experience, nine years of collegiate head coaching experience and one year of experience as an athletic director.
Prior to his one season at Collin County, Wilde served from 1997-2003 as head men’s basketball coach at Concordia University (MI) and was named the 2001 NCCAA Regional Coach of the Year after leading his team to the NCCAA National Tournament. Prior to assuming the head coaching duties of the men’s basketball team, Wilde was the head women’s basketball coach at Concordia from 1994-97. Wilde also served as Director of Athletics at Concordia from 1997-98.
“ I am thrilled with the addition of Chip Wilde to our staff,” said Waters. “Chip and I have known each other for a long time and I have a great respect for his abilities. Chip has a tremendous background, is an extremely organized individual, and brings terrific experience to this position.”
Prior to his tenure at Concordia, Wilde served as an administrative assistant men’s basketball coach at Eastern Michigan (1994), and assistant men’s basketball coach at Central Michigan (1991-93). From 1988-1991, Wilde was an undergraduate assistant men’s basketball coach at Western Illinois (1988-91). Wilde is a 1991 graduate of Western Illinois, from where he also holds a masters degree (1994).
“ The opportunity to work with Coach Waters and his staff was one that I just could not pass up” said Wilde. “This is a class organization that I am joining and I am very excited about being a part of Rutgers basketball.”