Gayle Wilson is entering her 12th season at the helm of the Marymount University women's soccer program in 2017.
Wilson arrived to take over the Saints' program in 2006, but has been coaching in the D.C. area since 1990 with the Washington Area Girls Soccer and the National Capital Soccer League, where she continues to coach today. In the early 2000s, she coached at various organizations including the VYSA Olympic Development program (2002-12), APD-Arlington Player Development (2006-08), DC United Super Y Leage (2004-08), and USL Northern Virginia Royals (2000-01).
Beyond coaching, Wilson was also a Department Head and Physical Education teacher from 1996-2006 at The Langley School in McLean, Virginia, while being a Group Fitness Director and personal trainer at the McLean Racquet and Health Club from 1990-2010.
Prior to coaching, her playing days were quite extensive along with the accolade list to go with it. A local product of McLean High School, she was inducted into the school's Athlete Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Metro D.C. Virginia Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005. In her senior season in 1986, she was named Virginia High School Player of the Year.
Taking her talents to the University of Virginia, Wilson left quite a mark in a program that she helped build up to a national powerhouse that it is today. Currently ranked seventh in career points leaders with 90 and 10th in goals with 34, she was placed on the All-Atlantic Coast Coference Team and NSCAA All-South Region Team all four years, while being the first in the Cavaliers' program history to be named to Soccer America's Collegiate Top 10 Most Valuable Players in her freshman season. She captained her squads in her junior and senior season, and was also named the University's Most Valuable Athlete in 1988-99. To cap off her stunning collegiate resume, she was named a Hermann Award Finalist in 1989, the oldest and most prestigious annual trophy given to the top collegiate male and female soccer players.
Wilson extended her play to the U.S. Women's National Soccer team. In the national pool from 1985 to 2002, she worked her way to the nationally recognized squad from 1990-92. Adding to her playing career, she had stints at various training camps including the Washington Freedom and Carolina Courage. She also played with the W-League Maryland Pride at various times from 1993-2000, while also attending U.S. Olympic Soccer/National Soccer Festivals from 1987-2000. In 1996, she was named Donnelly National Cup Most Valuable Player.
Wilson holds Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from the University of Virginia. She also has a National 'A' License from USSF. She is married and has a daughter.