Who am I?

I'm Tom Wilson. I've been married for 24 years to a beautiful and patient woman named Sue. We have no kids. Our beloved cat of 13 years, One-Eyed Jack, passed away in the spring of 1999, but for Christmas 1999 my in-laws sent us a new cat named Spike. He was weird when we got him and he's still weird.

I have been playing and coaching volleyball for more than two decades, first in the Kansas City, MO, area and now in Boston. My current team, New England Seniors (aka, Old Guys), has done well in various age-group divisions at Nationals since 1995, including a second place finish in 1996 and a first place finish in 2000. For reasons not entirely clear to me, I was selected a 35s All-American in 1996 and 1997. For equally obscure reasons, the Heart of America Region also named me as the middle hitter on its "Best of the Best" team for the years 1985 to 1995. In addition, the New England Region gave me their prestigious Rick Pierce Sportsmanship Award in 1997 . . . which leads me to believe that members of the selection committee had never seen me play.

Before moving from Missouri to Massachusetts in 1991, I taught high school history and coached volleyball and track for nine years. Since moving to Boston, I have coached several USAV teams and conducted instructional clinics for the Boston Ski and Sports Club and the Yankee Volleyball Association (the New England branch of USAV).

Since 1997 I've been an assistant coach under Dorothy Webb at Wellesley College. We've qualified for the NCAA tournament six of the last eight years and have made two trips to the Division III Final Four. From 1998 to 2002 I was the head men's volleyball coach at Harvard University. We made substantial improvement during that time and had a lot of fun, winning a divisional championship, an Ivy League championship, and qualifying for the EIVA/NCAA playoffs for the first time in school history.

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Updated January 2005.

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