Men's Basketball Assistant Coach Ben Wilkins
Assistant Coach Ben Wilkins (North Carolina State, 2001)
Ben Wilkins enters his fifth season as an assistant coach on the men’s basketball staff. Wilkins has been instrumental in the implementation of W&M’s offensive and defensive systems. During his four seasons, W&M has posted the seventh-best four-year stretch in school history, culminating in the Tribe’s 22-win, National Invitational Tournament appearance last season. Wilkins has helped the Tribe to two CAA Championship game appearances in the last three years.
“Ben has been an instrumental part in the recent success of the Tribe program,” head coach Tony Shaver said. “He is a tireless worker, and will do anything possible to make this basketball program successful. Ben was a key factor in implementing our new system, and is always looking for ways to tweak and improve our current scheme. He relates well with the players and is a successful recruiter with the relationship he developments with coaches, parents and potential recruits.”
Wilkins helped engineer the College’s move to its current offensive scheme that spreads the floor and relies on spacing, effective perimeter shooting and players reading and reacting to each others’ cuts and motion. Over the last four seasons, the Tribe has made 200 or more 3-pointers, including a CAA record 295 last year. The Green and Gold also have dished out 400 or more assists in each of the last four campaigns. He helped bring in the the 2010 recruiting class that was ranked among the best Mid-Major classes in the country and the top in the CAA by ESPN.com and Scouts, Inc.
Wilkins’ responsibilities also include scouting, scheduling, recruiting, individual skill work and developing the Tribe’s perimeter players. During his first two seasons, he headed the College’s scouting of opponents and game planning. During his first two seasons with the Tribe, W&M has posted back-to-back seasons of 15-or-more wins for the first time in 25 years. In 2007-08, the College capped the year with its first winning record in a decade and the program’s first CAA Championship Game appearance.
Before coming to W&M, Wilkins was the video coordinator at N.C. State. The Wolfpack advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2005-06, while amassing an overall record of 22-10. N.C. State also went 10-6 in ACC action. During the season, Wilkins was involved with various aspects of the Wolfpack program including film editing, player housing, player financial services and organizing a past player reunion. He also served as the liaison for sports marketing, handled office and player tickets and was an assistant camp director.
Wilkins served as the first assistant and recruiting coordinator for Barton College in Wilson, N.C., during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. The Bulldogs compiled a 35-21 mark over those two seasons, including a third-place finish in the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference (CVAC) during his final campaign. In his time at Barton, Wilkins’ primary responsibilities centered around recruiting, scouting reports, both practice and in-game coaching, development of the perimeter players and film exchange. Wilkin’s final recruiting class at Barton finished their careers with a 68-12 CVAC record to go along with three regular season and three tournament championships. The group advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament on three occasions and tallied an Elite Eight appearance in 2006 to go along with its 2007 NCAA Division II National Championship. During his time as the recruiting coordinator at Barton, the Bulldogs signed two-time CVAC Player of the Year, Anthony Atkinson, and CVAC Freshman of the Year, Bobby Buffaloe. A trio of Wilkins recruits, including Atkins, Buffaloe and Brian Leggett, were two-time All-CVAC selections during their careers. Wilkins also assisted in the organization and operation of the Barton Basketball Camp and served as the game day manager during both men’s and women’s basketball games.
Wilkins graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in history in December of 2001. During his time at N.C. State, he was also a team manager.
After graduating from N.C. State, Wilkins served as the junior varsity coach for Apex High School in Apex, N.C. He guided the Cougars to a 17-1 mark and a first-place showing in conference play. As an assistant for the boys’ varsity squad, Wilkins helped guide Apex to the state playoffs.
Wilkins resides in Williamsburg and is engaged to the W&M athletic trainer Lisa Shook.