Miami Valley keeps providing talent for Big Ten schools
August 12, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
By Doug Harris
Kevin Wilson, the second-year Indiana University football coach, has put much effort through the years into recruiting in the Miami Valley — and not always just to woo prospective players.
He once spent considerable time in the area courting the woman who would later become his wife.
Angela Wilson attended Edgewood High School in Trenton and later lived in Miamisburg while Kevin was an assistant at Miami University. The couple now has five children, ages 8 to 15.
Wilson visited his wife’s hometown so often that he said he knows the high school fight song by heart.
“It’s ‘On You Fighting Cougars.’ It’s the same as the Miami of Ohio fight song. I could actually sing it for you if you wanted,” he said.
Wilson may not know the fight songs from other high schools in the Miami Valley, but he recognizes the importance of the region to his success as the Hoosiers’ coach.
“I had great respect for coach Gregg back in the day,” Wilson said of Centerville High School legend Bob Gregg. “It was one of my favorite stops. There’s some great coaches in Dayton. Shoot, it’s two hours and 10 or 15 minutes away – right down I-70 for us.