Legion Collegiate Athletic Director Strait Herron has announced the hiring of Rock Hill native Otis Wilson as the Lancers’ boys’ basketball coach.
He served as the head boys middle school coach and assistant boys varsity coach at York Preparatory Academy from 2015 to 2018 and is currently in his 18th year of coaching AAU basketball. He played high school basketball at Rock Hill High School and went on to play at Shaw University in Raleigh North Carolina.
"First of all, it is great to hire a coach that I had the opportunity to coach in high school,” said Herron. “I remember Otis as being a very hard worker who was dedicated to his sport and team. He is well connected in the community and comes highly recommended by many. I know he is going to make the best of this opportunity and am excited for him and for Legion athletics."
As an AAU coach, Wilson helped lead the Carolina Flight AAU team to three North Carolina AAU state championships and the YBOA national championship in 2004. He has also coached the Carolina Raptors, a successful AAU team that won numerous prestigious tournaments, including the Nike Mainevent in Las Vegas, and helped over 30 players receive Division I basketball scholarships, including three who have played in the NBA.
In 2015, Wilson started Upward Stars in York County and has had six players sign college scholarships. In 2016, Upward Stars won the CP3 tournament and that success continued this past season with his 15-under team that was ranked No. 1 in South Carolina and captured the Bigshots Live tournament.
Wilson and his wife Latoya reside in Fort Mill and they are the parents of three children.