20 Andy Wilson
|Position:||Volunteer Assistant Coach|
The 2011 season will be the first for Andy Wilson volunteer as an assistant coach for Matador baseball. A starting outfielder for the 1997 Matador baseball team, Wilson returns to Northridge to instruct the outfielders and baserunners, assist with the development of his hitters, and serve as the primary individual responsible for the organization and instruction of the Matador Baseball Camp. In 2010, Wilson served as a hitting coach for the Anchorage Bucs of the Alaska Baseball League, instructing hitters from various colleges across the nation while developing the talents and skills of his position players. A former assistant coach at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Wilson joins the Matadors after two seasons with the Cougars. He helped coach the outfielders and hitters in addition to his duties as a first/third base coach. After competing for the Matadors in 1997, Wilson began his professional playing career with the Bayou Bullfrogs of the Texas-Louisiana League. Possessing the skills and talent to compete both in the outfield and around the diamond, Wilson advanced to the Double-A level as a member of the Altoona Curve, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. During his ten seasons, he suited up for 13 different teams and finished with a .288 average, collected 931 hits and drove in 342 runs. He was selected to the Central League All-Star Team in 2004 with the Pensacola Pelicans and was named the Most Valuable Player of that game. Since 2005, Wilson has been working as an instructor and coordinator for America's Baseball Camps in Sammamish, Wash. Teaching the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, and base running to participants ages five to 18, Wilson also helped further enhance the skills of high school students looking to compete at the collegiate level. Wilson earned his associate degree from Oxnard College in Calif. in 1993 and attended both the University of Arkansas and Cal State Northridge before beginning his professional baseball career in 1998. As a Matador he started in 49 of the 52 games he appeared in, and finished the season batting .340 with 65 hits, six home runs, and 41 RBIs, and stole 14 bases in his 16 attempts. He resumed his education in 2005 and earned his bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Phoenix in 2007. Wilson also works as a substitute teacher for junior high school students in his hometown Palmdale School District currently resides in Palmdale, Calif. with his wife, the former Janice Jaramillo, daughter Sarah, and son Adam.