Assistant Coach Gaye Lynn Wilson
Gaye Lynn Wilson enters her fourth season as a part of the Florida staff, where she works primarily with the outfield while also assisting in hitting, recruiting, daily practice planning, student-athlete evaluations, and camps and clinics. She joined UF's inaugural fast-pitch softball program after serving as head coach at Daytona Beach Community College from 1990-95.
During her tenure at DBCC, Wilson provided the Lady Scots softball program with an atmosphere of academic and athletic success, which she has continued here. In just three years under Wilson’s direction, seven players have totaled nine Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll awards, and Florida featured its first GTE Academic All-American in Kristin Sandler in 1998.
Wilson compiled a 212-88-1 (.707) record at DBCC, including a school-record mark of 55-8 in the 1994-95 season. DBCC finished the '94-95 season ranked third in the NJCAA fast-pitch poll and placed seventh at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament. The Lady Scots also garnered the Florida State Championship and a second consecutive Mid-Florida Conference title. Wilson was named the Mid-Florida, FCCAA/Region VIII and NFCA South Region Coach of the Year.
Wilson worked hard to develop the total student-athlete while at DBCC, as her program consistently placed in the top five in the nation for team grade point average and graduation rate while qualifying for the state tournament each year. Her 1995 state champion squad set a school record for the highest team GPA with a 3.30 to finish second in the country in team GPA for the second straight year. While at DBCC, Wilson coached four All-Americans, 12 all-state and 18 all-conference players, two NJCAA All-Star Canadian Cup Players, six NFCA Academic All-Americans, 12 academic all-state and 45 academic all-conference honorees.
Along with her duties at Florida, Wilson puts in many hours across the country working camps, clinics, Special Olympics, local recreation and youth leagues, Girls' and Boys' Clubs and speaking at local schools on academics, athletics and being winners in the game of life. Wilson is a 1984 graduate of Lake City Community College, a 1987 graduate of the University of Florida (B.S., exercise science) and a 1989 graduate of the University of Central Florida (M.Ed., guidance and counseling).