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25 June 2013 Written by  Nicholas Norman

Prairie View A&M Coach to join Baylor Staff

The last game Toyelle Wilson coached for Prairie View A&M was against Baylor in the NCAA Tournament. The next game she coaches will be as a coach of those same Lady Bears.  Wilson has accepted a position as an assistant coach at Baylor, according to a source close to the team. She has guided Prairie View to the NCAA Tournament via Southwest Athletic Conference Tournament titles in all three of her seasons as head coach.

Wilson finished her third season at Prairie View A&M as the most successful coach in Prairie View A&M women’s basketball history. In just three seasons, Wilson captured three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in as many seasons. She led the Lady Panthers to a perfect 9-0 record in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament and leaves the program with a coaching record of 36-18 in SWAC play and 55-43 overall. Prairie View had been to the NCAA Tournament twice in the previous 29 years before Wilson took over as head coach. Both of those appearances came while Wilson was an assistant coach.

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When Prairie View played Connecticut in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, Wilson was the youngest head coach in the tournament at 30 years old.

Baylor has been to the field of 64 each of the last 10 years under head coach Kim Mulkey. The Lady Bears have been at least to the Sweet 16 the last five seasons. They won national titles in 2005 and 2012.

In March after Baylor beat Prairie View by 42 points (82-40), Mulkey was quoted saying, “As I told their coach before the game, if she hasn’t gotten a pay raise, she needs to find another job. She’s been to the tournament three straight years and that program had only been to the tournament two years prior to that. She’s done one heck of a job with her basketball program. Give those guys credit.” Who knew those comments would have led to her hiring at Baylor.

“I appreciate the opportunities that I have been given at Prairie View A&M,” stated Wilson. “I would like to especially thank Dr. Wright and Fred Washington for their continuous guidance and support over these past seven years. It has been a very rewarding journey. I want to thank my coaches, the fans, the alumni and the players for their commitment to making Prairie View A&M one of the premier basketball programs in the country.”