Jill Lytle Wilson moves into her fourth season as associate head coach and 10th overall season on the LSU volleyball staff. She will continue to serve as the program’s recruiting coordinator in addition to training the team’s defense.
LSU has racked up 172 victories, an average of 20.4 wins per season, during Lytle Wilson’s time with the program. The Tigers have picked up six NCAA Tournament berths sparked by a three 25-win seasons in 2007, 2009 and 2010. LSU also has built on its championship legacy and secured five SEC Western Division titles highlighted by the 2009 SEC overall championship, the program’s first since 1991.
The Tigers have placed four players on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-South Region First Team in five of her 10 seasons. Brittnee Cooper came away with the program’s first SEC Player of the Year award in 2009, as she also added to the program’s storied tradition as the third player to earn AVCA All-America First-Team honors and joined the elite company of Monique Adams (1991) and Angie Miller (1992), with four total first team All-Americans in LSU’s history.
On the back row, Elena Martinez capped her illustrious career with back-to-back SEC Defensive Player of the Year awards accompanied by AVCA All-America Honorable Mention status in 2007 and 2008. She reeled in 1,414 career digs, second-most in program history. In total, seven players have eclipsed 1,000 career digs under Lytle Wilson’s watch, including Malorie Pardo and Haley Smith in 2014.
LSU has garnered 15 All-SEC selections sparked by eight first team picks, before the debut of the 18-member All-SEC team at the dawn of the new league configuration that eliminated divisional play in 2013. Desiree Elliott, LSU’s first freshman to claim All-SEC First Team since 1981, also tallied 2010 SEC Freshman of the Year. In 2009, Cooper teamed with AVCA Honorable Mention picks Sam Dabbs and Marina Skender to become the first LSU trio to notch All-SEC First-Team accolades during the same season.
The future continues to be bright for the Purple and Gold as Lytle Wilson has been instrumental in bringing in four Top 30 recruiting classes ranked by PrepVolleyball.com. The class of 2015 freshman was considered among the nation’s best, with four seeing extensive action last season.
The Tigers fought through a string of injuries to key players in 2015, continuing to compete on the highest level of collegiate volleyball by winning the Days Inn and Suites Lobo Invitational title at New Mexico, while opening league play by winning five of their first eight matches to start the SEC season.
Earning their first 20-win season since 2010, the 2014 Tigers went on one of the longest winning streaks in program history in winning 11-straight contests over the course of the year, finishing third in the SEC and making it to the NCAA Tournament where they won their opening round game for the second consecutive year. LSU finished 20-9 on the year and 14-4 against league competition, finishing the season winning 14 of its last 15 matches to close out the year.
After not making the postseason since the 2010 season, the 2013 Tigers won 10 of their first 11 contests en route to a 19-13 finish and 8-10 finish in the SEC, earning an NCAA Tournament berth that led to its first opening round win since 2009 with a thrilling, 3-2 comeback win over No. 24 Michigan. LSU has had six players over the last two seasons join the program’s illustrious 1,000-dig and 1,000-kill clubs, respectively. In total, LSU has had 14 players added to those lists going back to 2006.
LSU fired out to a program-best 13-0 to start the 2010 campaign. Angela Bensend collected All-SEC First-Team honors after leading the league for most of the season in kills per set. The Tiger offense ripped 14.35 kills per set on a .260 team hitting percentage to not only rank among the SEC leaders, but the NCAA’s Top 25 in both categories.
Prior to LSU, Lytle Wilson spent one season as an assistant coach at Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons matched a school record for most ACC wins in 2006. She trained the outside and right side hitters on the court in addition to serving as team travel coordinator, recruiting assistant and camp director assistant off the court.
Lytle Wilson was an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina from 2002-2004. The Tar Heels put together a 32-4 record en route to the 2002 ACC regular season championship, its first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and a No. 11 final national ranking during her first season. Laura Greene took home the 2002 ACC Player of the Year award and was an AVCA All-America Third-Team pick. UNC posted another 20-win season in 2003 despite losing four starters, while Molly Pyles picked up an AVCA All-America Honorable Mention selection in 2004.
Before joining the North Carolina staff, Lytle Wilson served as a graduate assistant at Tennessee-Martin in 2001. The Skyhawks compiled a 24-7 record and won the Ohio Valley Conference regular season title.
Lytle Wilson started her coaching career at LSU as a student assistant in 2001 while earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She was a four-year starter at outside hitter from 1997-2000 and ranked sixth in the SEC with 23 service aces during her senior campaign. LSU also appeared in the 2000 SEC Tournament finals.
One of the hardest workers on her team and considered one of the most determined players Flory has ever coached, Lytle Wilson played in 98 career matches being limited only by a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee suffered 11 matches into her junior season.
A three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, Lytle Wilson also was the Tigers’ representative on the women’s at-large SEC Good Works Team in 1999-2000. Her good works didn’t go unnoticed as Lytle Wilson was named the LSU Student-Athlete Volunteer of the Year in 2000. She served on the CHAMPS Student-Athlete Advisory Board for four years, the last year serving as president of the organization. She also was a member of the LSU tennis team in 2001.
Lytle Wilson, originally from Richmond, Texas, is the daughter of Mike Lytle and Kim Lytle. She is married to Jared Wilson, and the couple lives in Baton Rouge.