|Born:||August 24, 1961|
Los Angeles, California
|High school:||Susan Miller Dorsey|
(Los Angeles, California)
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Kirby Keyes Wilson (born August 24, 1961) is an American football coach who is the head coach for the Pittsburgh Maulers of the United States Football League (USFL). He previously served as a running backs coach in the National Football League (NFL) for 23 seasons. He coached for the New England Patriots, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals and Oakland / Las Vegas Raiders.
Wilson prepped at Dorsey High School in Los Angeles.
Wilson played at the University of Illinois after transferring from Pasadena City College.
He obtained a bachelor of arts degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1989.
Wilson played two seasons in the Canadian Football League as a defensive back and kick returner for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Toronto Argonauts between 1983 and 1984.
At the college level, Wilson has coached at Pasadena City College, Los Angeles Southwest College, Southern Illinois, Wyoming, USC and Iowa State. Kirby is a member of Iota Phi Theta fraternity.
Prior to making the jump to the NFL, he coached Iowa State running back Troy Davis to a year where he ran for over 2,000 yards in 1995 and over 2,100 yards in 1996.
In 1997, Wilson was hired by the New England Patriots as their running backs coach.
In 2000, Wilson was hired by the Washington Redskins as their running backs coach.
In 2002, Wilson was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their running backs coach.
In 2004, Wilson was hired by the Arizona Cardinals as their running backs coach.
In January 2007, Wilson was hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers as their running backs coach, after the retirement of Dick Hoak. He was hired when Mike Tomlin took over the team, following Bill Cowher's resignation.
In 2014, Wilson was hired by the Minnesota Vikings as their running backs coach.
In 2016, Wilson was hired by the Cleveland Browns as their running backs coach.
On February 14, 2018, Wilson returned to the Arizona Cardinals after they hired him as their running backs coach.
On February 15, 2019, Wilson was hired by the Oakland Raiders as their running backs coach.
On July 16, 2021, Wilson announced his retirement.
On January 20, 2022, Wilson was named Head coach of the Pittsburgh Maulers of the United States Football League (USFL).
Wilson cut running back De'Veon Smith for violating team rules three times in a 24-hour period, notably disrespecting a cafeteria worker before the USFL season began, drawing major controversy over social media platforms from fans.
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