BOONE — Tasha Wilson was already serving as an assistant coach with the Watauga softball team. On July 8, Wilson will get a chance to run a program of her own.
Wilson was named the head girls’ golf coach by the Watauga County Board of Education July 8. Watauga Athletic Director Dustin Kerley made the announcement in an email. Wilson takes over for Jamie Wilson, Watauga’s longtime girls’ golf coach.
“What got me really interested in coaching was I wanted to be a positive role model on these kids,” Tasha Wilson said. “I want to help that program grow and obviously, high school had a big impact on my life. I got very involved in the athletics there and I really want to make an impact on the girls and make an impact on the school and athletic-wise with the golf team.”
Tasha Wilson, a 2013 Watauga High graduate, played for Jamie Wilson for three years. Tasha Wilson also played girls’ basketball and outfield for the Watauga softball team.
Wilson graduated from Wingate University, where she walked on to the Bulldogs’ women’s golf team for three years. She also received a degree in sports management at Wingate.
“I took my freshman year off to focus on academics,” Wilson said. “I really enjoyed golf, so I continued to pursue it. I got in contact with the coach and spoke with her and played my sophomore to senior year.”
From there, she has served as a coach in Watauga County in different capacities. She has also been an assistant for girls’ golf, the head coach of the Green Valley Middle School girls’ basketball team and has coached travel basketball for Laura Barry for the Peak Basketball Organization.
Barry is the head coach for the Watauga High boys’ and girls’ basketball programs.
Wilson said her home is Watauga County, so giving something back to Watauga athletic programs is something she wants to do.
“Watauga is a place I like to call home,” Wilson said. “I like the high school and it’s something that is in my heart. I’d like to have an impact on it and this opens the doors for me to do that.”
“She’s going to bring some life and energy to that program,” Kerley said. “She’s played golf at Watauga and she’s played at the college level. She worked at some youth programs, she works at the golf course and she’s helped with the softball program as an assistant, so I think it will be a smooth transition for her to take the golf program over.”
Wilson knows several of the golfers and is anxious to get to know the players and to get started.
“Being local really helps because you can get to know the parents and the kids,” Wilson said. “I’ve talked with a few and I know some of the ideas they’re going to have. We’ll come back in August and hit the ground running with it all.”