Rob Wilson is in his 13th year as Associate Director of Athletics for Communications and his 33rd year as a member of the Florida State athletics staff. He was promoted to his current role after serving for 12 years as the Assistant Director of Athletics for Media and Public Relations. A 1983 graduate of Florida State, Wilson returned to his alma mater in 1987 as assistant sports information director after serving the same role at East Carolina for three years. He served as the primary contact for the Seminoles’ men’s basketball program from 1987-94 before succeeding Wayne Hogan as Sports Information Director.
In his expanded role, Wilson serves as the chief communications and public relations officer for the Department of Athletics. He manages and implements the strategic communications plan for management issues and crisis communication situations affecting the department, its’ coaches and student-athletes. Wilson also serves as the chief communications liaison between the Department of Athletics and the university administration, the university’s department of University Relations, Seminole Boosters, the Alumni Association and the FSU Foundation.
Wilson is involved in Florida State’s radio and television broadcasting, publications, marketing, promotions and advertising efforts undertaken by the department. He works closely with Seminole Productions, which produces all coaches’ shows and the popular Seminole Sports Magazine.
A native of San Diego, Calif., Wilson graduated from Niceville High School in Niceville, Fla., and was a wide receiver at Ole Miss in 1979. He transferred to Florida State where he majored in communications with a minor in chemistry.
The Florida State Sports Information Office won over 40 national awards during Wilson’s tenure for excellence in its publications, including the Football and Basketball Media guides judged best in the nation on three occasions. The 2004 Men’s Basketball Media guide and its cover were both named best in the nation. Most recently, the 2006 basketball media guide was judged as the second best in the nation. He received the 2001 Scoop Hudgens Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding performance in the field of sports information and sports journalism.
Wilson and his wife, Sherrill, have two grown sons: Preston and Parker.