Field Named for Wilson
March 11, 2007
The playing surface of Griswold Stadium has a new name: Fred Wilson Field, in honor of the former coach of the Pioneers. The College unveiled the name at Homecoming on October 7.
Wilson stood in the center of the field for the coin toss before the Pioneer football game as a temporary banner was unfurled proclaiming the playing surface to be Fred Wilson Field. He was accompanied by his wife, Virginia, and their two sons.
Wilson spent 20 years as the head football coach at Lewis & Clark. He also coached baseball, wrestling, and golf as well as serving as director of athletics and a faculty member at the College. He is a five-time inductee to the Lewis & Clark Sports Hall of Fame, once as an individual (1980), twice as a member of an inducted team (1993, 2001), once as an assistant coach (1995), and once as a head coach (2006). Wilson graduated from Lewis & Clark in 1951 and began teaching and coaching at the College in 1956. He retired in 1987.
The name of the stadium, Griswold Stadium, remains unchanged, as does the name of the Eldon Fix Track. The official name of the complex is now the Eldon Fix Track and Fred Wilson Field at Griswold Stadium.