Overview 

Greg Wilson is an American soccer coach who is currently the assistant coach for the UC Santa Barbara nationally recognized Division I men’s soccer team. He also serves as the newly appointed Players’ Academy Director in conjunction with Santa Barbara Soccer Club, located in Southern California. He has over 20 years of playing and coaching experience at the top level of high school, youth, club and college soccer throughout the country.  Wilson is experienced at all levels of the game throughout the United States and has had unprecedented success at all levels of the game.

Personal/Education 

Coach Wilson resides in Santa Barbara, California with his wife Andra and 5-year-old son, Baylor “Cristiano”. In 2006, he received his Masters in Business Administration from Philadelphia University.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in marketing from the then-named Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science from 1990-1993.

Playing Career

Wilson was one of the top youth players in the United States, receiving NSCAA National All-American honors in his senior year of high school (Downingtown, PA).  He accepted a full-scholarship and began his college soccer career in 1990 at then Division I National powerhouse Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science.  Prior to the inception of Major League Soccer, Wilson had a successful three-year playing stint for the Philadelphia Freedom, a top pro league in the United States that competed in the USUSL and the USISL Pro League.

Certifications/ Qualifications

Wilson is certified with a United States Soccer Federation "A" License and has a NSCAA "Premier Diploma". He recently completed his US Youth Soccer National Youth License (June 2013) that is designed to provide club directors and youth coaches with the knowledge to successfully structure soccer environments for children ages 4-12.  In addition, Wilson was a regional coaching instructor for the NSCAA and an USSF “D” license instructor as well as a member of the United States Soccer Association since 1994.

Coaching Experience

  • University of California Santa Barbara, top Assistant (2006- Present)
  • Santa Barbara Soccer Club, Staff Member (2006- Present)
  • Philadelphia University, Division I Head Coach (2003-2005)
  • University of Pennsylvania, Assistant (2002-2003)
  • Eastern PA Youth Soccer Association, Director (1999-2002)
  • EPYSA Olympic Development Program, Coach (1996-2005)
  • FC DELCO Soccer Club, Coach (1994-2002)
  • Downingtown High School, Coach (1997-2001)

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Coaching Success

  • University of California Santa Barbara, 2006 NCAA National Champions
  • University of Pennsylvania, 2002 Ivy League Champions
  • Eastern PA ODP 87 Boys, 2005 USYSA National Champions
  • Eastern PA ODP 88 Boys, 2006 USYSA National Finalists
  • FC DELCO SC, 1996, 1998 & 2000 PA State Cup Champions
  • FC DELCO SC, 1998 USYSA Region I Champions
  • Downingtown High School, 1998 & 1999 PIAA State Champions

Influences on Greg Wilson’s Coaching Philosophy

A great deal of coach Wilson’s coaching philosophy has been shaped by his early education as a coach with FC Delco (Soccer America Ranked #5 Club in the United States), Director of Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association (Top 5 Largest Soccer Associations in the Country), United States Youth Soccer Association Coaching and National Soccer Coaches Association certifications and coaching education instruction (National & Youth License Courses), United Sports Academy (One of first original Soccer Specific Youth Academies in United States) and a mentorship program in 1999 in Great Britain meeting with the following officials of both the Scottish Football Association as we well as Football Academy Directors of the English Football Association Premier League:

  • Alex Miller, Assistant Manager, Scottish National Team
  • Alex Smith, Manager, Scottish Under 21 National Team
  • John McGregor, Manager, Glasgow Rangers Football Club (U21)
  • Ray Hall, Youth Academy Director, Everton Football Club
  • Richard Money, Youth Academy Director, Coventry City Football Club

The purpose of the visit abroad was to get a first-hand view of how established youth academies in the United Kingdom operate.  The result of these findings and other influences throughout his twenty years coaching youth players have established the foundation for which the Players' Academy will be developed.

"There is never “one way” to teach the game of soccer to players, nor is there just one single style of teaching. There is a broad spectrum of styles and methods for how each of us experiences the game. Some of this comes from our backgrounds, while some of this also is the product of our own personalities. At The Players' Academy level and around the world, however, there will be a set of fundamental principles that must be considered by anyone involved with soccer.”

- FC Barcelona Youth Academy