My name is Edmund Gipson Wilson, but I prefer to go by Ed for short. I was born in Joplin, Missouri on the icy day of February 17, 1992. I was blessed with two loving parents, Andrew and Coleen, as well as a remarkable younger brother named Evan. I attended Joplin High School and devoted most of my years there to a combination of football, weightlifting, and T.V. productions. I graduated high school in 2010 and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the same year. I began attending Missouri Southern State University in the fall of 2010 while coaching in the Joplin Youth Football Association as the 4th
grade white team defensive coordinator (we divided the 4th
grade teams into red, white, and blue teams). With the help of summer class credits from Missouri State University, I graduated from MSSU in the fall of 2014 with a Bachelors of Art in History along with a minor in American studies, all while attaining the status of Cum Laude. I worked at the Joplin Museum Complex for two years before I was hired on as a substitute teacher/day-care worker at the Joplin Area Catholic School System in fall 2015. The spring of 2016 was the first year I began coaching Track at St. Peters/McAuley. My duties continued to expand both professionally and athletically within the system. By 2016 I was coaching middle school football for Joplin, both girls and boys basketball for St. Peters, and weights/conditioning as well as Track (becoming head coach in 2018) for McAuley. Eventually I was promoted to Building/Grounds Director for St. Peters and McAuley in fall 2018. While this all adds up to be a demanding job, my previous years of work experience for the local ice distributor and BestBuy Mobile made it an easier transition than expected. Now entering my fourth year in the JACS system, I look forward to the opportunities and challenges on the horizon.