A-State Names Wilkinson Assistant Athletics Director for Football Operations

JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) — Arkansas State head football coach announced Thursday that Brian Wilkinson has been named Assistant Athletics Director for Football Operations.

Wilkinson brings over eight years of experience in football operations with him to Arkansas State, most recently serving the last two seasons as Wyoming's Director of Football Operations.  He also spent two different stints as the assistant director of football operations at the University of California, the first from July 2005 to March 2008 and the second from August 2010 until accepting his position at Wyoming.  In between his two tours of duty at Cal, Wilkinson worked with the Sacramento State coaching staff as the director of football operations from March 2008 to August 2009.

Wilkinson has been a part of five different bowl games during his career, including Wyoming's appearance in the 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl.  While he was on staff at Cal, the Golden Bears won the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl, the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl and the 2003 Insight Bowl.  Cal also competed in the 2004 Holiday Bowl during Wilkinson's tenure.

"We are excited Brian Wilkinson is joining our staff as our assistant athletics director for football operations," said Harsin.  "He has been associated with some very strong programs and will bring a great deal of experience with him to Arkansas State.  He is highly respected within the profession and will play a key role in not only our day-to-day operations, but what we're trying to accomplish as a whole."

While at Wyoming, Cal and Sacramento State, Wilkinson worked closely in areas such as team travel, administrative operations, budget, compliance issues, summer football camps and certain aspects of recruiting as it related to the football programs.

Prior to accepting his first assistant director of operations position at Cal, he served as the Golden Bears Equipment Manager from 2003-05.  Also while at Cal, Wilkinson was the Director of Softball Operations from 2005-06.

Wilkinson served in the United States Air Force from 1991-94. After the military, he served as a minor league clubhouse manager and equipment manager for the Oakland Athletics.  He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Belford University in 2009.