LeRoy Wilson
LeRoy Wilson
LeRoy Wilson has stood opposite of Madison football on the gridiron on a couple of occasions as an assistant coach and is familiar with how to prepare for the Cubs. As of Wednesday night, his job is to now get the red and white ready for victory.

Wilson was approved by the Madison school board on Wednesday as the new head varsity football coach of the Cubs. He replaces Patric Morrison, who stepped down after six seasons with the team to assume duties as assistant athletic director at Madison High School.

Wilson will also reside in the classroom once the school year begins and will serve as a math teacher at the high school.

“This is very exciting,” Wilson said. “This has been a long wait so I got the call about a week and a half ago so I’ve been waiting for this day. I’m just ready to get going, meet the players and get this summer rolling. We’ve got eight weeks before the season starts.”

Wilson, who topped 16 other applicants for the position, brings with him 15 years of coaching experience as an assistant coach and coordinator. Most recently, he spent time with Hoosier Hills Conference foe Seymour serving in a variety of roles including offensive and defensive coordinator. He has also served as offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and receivers coach at Providence.

Wilson’s early years saw him as a quarterbacks coach and scout at Charlestown — where he game-planned against Madison — and Clarksville respectively. He was an offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Clarksville Middle School.

The experience of coaching against two separate Madison teams, along with facing the rest of the teams in the Hoosier Hills Conference, allows Wilson a leg up in terms of what to expect of his own team and the majority of the Cubs’ schedule.

“I’ve coached against Madison three times in the last eight years and was a coordinator against the rest of the HHC teams,” Wilson said. “I’m very knowledgeable of what these teams like to do. I know some of the conference teams have new coaches but the personnel and players are still there so I’m very familiar, especially with this Madison team.”

The Cubs finished just 1-9 a season ago but Wilson noted he was drawn in by a young roster that has showed flashes of its potential last year. At the same time, he notes that he plans to inject some of his coaching style into his Madison team in hopes that competing for victory will be a weekly habit.

“This team (Madison) has a very talented young class,” Wilson said. “I’ve always been a smash-mouth coach; I like to run the football and I’m an offensive-minded guy. But I’ve also learned from other coaches the more creative side of offense. Defensively we are going to be aggressive. I’ve learned to attack an offense and play fast. I want to bring a more aggressive mentality to this team.”

Also enticing Wilson to his new job is the fact that he has lived in Madison for the past four years. His wife, Alana, is originally from Madison, and the couple have a son, Leo.

“I have family here too,” Wilson said. “My sister-in-law goes to the high school and Madison has always been a place that has really stuck with me. This is a great community to be a part of and I’m excited to further involve myself with it. That goes for the football program too. This group has so much potential and I’m excited to add a competitive nature to this program.”

Players and parents will have the chance to meet with coach Wilson on Thursday night at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria for an informational meeting. Football practice will start up on Monday evening with team camps scheduled for July.