Jerry WIlcox

Jerry WIlcox

Basketball

Enshrined: 1997

Born: July 9, 1942

Syracuse, NY

One of 12 children, Jerry Wilcox grew up playing basketball at Cathedral High School before becoming one of the top varsity coaches in Onondaga League history.

Wilcox, an intense competitor who stresses the fundamentals of the game, has won more than 450 games coaching boys basketball at Bishop Ludden, West Genesee and Liverpool high schools. His teams have compiled eight Section III titles, 23 league championships and three state final appearances.

Wilcox started his coaching career at Bishop Ludden in 1973 and won three sectionals crowns with the Gaelic Knights. At West Genesee from 1992-2001, Wilcox guided the Wildcats to a pair of Section III Class A titles in 1993, the school’s first since 1959, and 1994. He took over at Liverpool in 2002 and won his 400 th career game in 2004.

Wilcox, who served as Syracuse Commissioner of Parks and Recreation for seven years, was inducted into the NYS Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2006.

Career highlights:

1972: Coached baseball at Bishop Ludden, where he won the Section III championship

1973 -1987: Coached basketball at Bishop Ludden, winning 291 games and three sectional championships

1987-1994: Named Syracuse Commissioner of Parks and Recreation.

1992-2001: Coached at West Genesee High School, led the Wildcat to Section III Class A Championships in 1993 and 1994

January 7, 1997: Won his 300th game vs. Liverpool High School.

1997: Received the Blind Men and Criers annual “John Arcaro Coaches Award” given to the high school coach who have been recognized for outstanding success in their sport

2002: Became head coach Liverpool High School

January 20, 2004: Won his 400 basketball game

2006-Inducted into the New York State Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame

*Board member the Blind Men and Criers Association and past President of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame

 

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