Mike Wilton enters his first season as an assistant coach for the BYU men's volleyball team under head coach Chris McGown, along with assistant coach Rob Neilson.
Years at BYU
Mike Wilton was an assistant coach at BYU in 2009 for the women's volleyball team.
Mike Wilton joins the BYU mens volleyball program with over 30 years of experience at the collegiate volleyball level, including 12 years as the head womens coach at Cal Poly and the last 17 years as the head mens coach at the University of Hawaii.
With 354 career wins on the mens side - including a program-best 316 at UH - Wilton has established himself as one of the most successful mens volleyball coaches in the country. In 32 seasons as a head coach at the collegiate level, he has amassed 637 victories, which includes 283 wins in 12 seasons with the Cal Poly women.
Under Wilton, the Warrior volleyball program rose among the elite with five Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Pacific Division titles, three NCAA semifinal appearances and five top 5 final national rankings. During his tenure, the Warriors posted four 20-win campaigns, won more than 67 percent of their matches and were nationally ranked in all 17 seasons.
Wiltons system has helped create two National Players of the Year, Yuval Katz (1996) and Costas Theocharidis (2001), 14 All-Americans and 26 all-conference athletes. For his efforts, Wilton has been named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Coach of the Year twice, in 1995 and 2002, as well as MPSF Coach of the Year in 1995.
In 1996, the Warriors completed perhaps the programs best season with a 27-3 overall record and became one of a handful of MPSF teams all-time to finish with a perfect record (19-0) in league play. Wilton directed UH to the national championship match against UCLA but fell 15-12 in the deciding fifth game.
Wilton initially arrived in Hawaii in the late 1960s when he played volleyball at Church College of Hawaii, now called BYU-Hawaii. He coached the mens team there in 1976 before moving back to the mainland and spending 12 seasons with the Cal Poly womens team, where he posted an impressive 283-137 record from 1978-89. He also led the Cal Poly mens team for three years. Wilton also served as a volunteer assistant with the UC Santa Barbara mens squad and took over the Warrior program after one year as a volunteer assistant with the BYU mens team.
A native of Santa Barbara, Calif., Wilton has been around coaching his whole life. His father, Willie Wilton, was a highly successful mens basketball coach at UC Santa Barbara and is a member of the Gauchos Athletic Hall of Fame.
Along with his wife, Kuulei, Wilton has passed along his love of volleyball to his family. His eldest son, Aaron, was an AVCA All-American with the Warriors and played on NCAA Finals teams in 1995 and 1996. Aaron was on his fathers coaching staff from 2001-05. Daughter Jenny earned second-team all-Big West volleyball honors at Hawaii while youngest son, Mike Jr., played for BYU and daughter Melissa lettered at Utah State in 2002.