James Downs, associate professor of history and American studies, will spend the 2015-16 academic year studying medical anthropology at Harvard University.
Wilson, a graduate of the University of Virginia, spent six years with Holy Cross, handling the critical role of recruiting coordinator for the past five seasons.
He anticipates an exciting run for women's basketball and is looking forward to getting out on the hardwood and dueling with the nation's toughest teams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
"Connecticut College has a strong history of academic and athletic achievement," Wilson said. "I hope to add to that legacy by taking the women's basketball program to a new level of competition."
At Holy Cross, Wilson's teams earned NCAA Tournament berths in 2005 and 2007, reaching the Patriot League Championship game for four consecutive years from 2005-2008.
At Connecticut College, Wilson will return to the NESCAC, the league that launched his coaching career. In 2000-2001, Wilson landed his first job at Williams College as an intern with the men's and women's programs.
Fran Shields, Connecticut College's Katherine Wenk Christoffers '45 Director of Athletics and chair of physical education, is impressed with Wilson's experience recruiting and developing talent at highly competitive academic institutions.
"Brian has a strong background recruiting and developing student-athletes capable of succeeding on and off the court," Shields said.
Emily Cummings, a rising senior co-captain and member of the NESCAC All-Academic Team, is looking forward to Wilson's arrival in New London.
"After meeting with Coach Wilson, the team is excited about the positive direction that he has in store for our program," Cummings said. "There seems to be a renewed sense of energy and enthusiasm about Connecticut College women's basketball."
Wilson replaces Laura Hungerford, who stepped down after eight seasons with the program.
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