Sport Studies Today was started in 2013 by Charles “Hal” Wilson, Jr. as a way to share ideas and as our mission says, “sharing the insight and passion of the best and brightest in all fields of sport research.”

Hal Wilson is currently a Ph.D. student in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Studies at the University of Tennessee. Hal was a long-time teacher and coach and founded Back to Basics Sports, LLC in 2007.

Hal Wilson

Wilson is a third year doctoral student completing his Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Sport Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In his career, Wilson has taught twelve different course titles at five different institutions in three different states at both the secondary and undergraduate level. He returned full-time to complete his Ph.D. in 2012 after previously earning his M.S. from the University of Tennessee in 2001 in Human Performance and Sport Studies with a concentration in sport management.

Wilson is primarily interested in sports coaching and administration from a sport management and socio-cultural perspective. His research interests include the intersection of religion and sport, sports leadership, and gender, racial, ethnicity, and disability issues in sport. Since returning to UT full time, he has presented or had accepted seven presentations at national conferences, eight presentations at regional conference, and had one encyclopedia article accepted for publication.

Wilson’s current research involves the following: (a) the impact of religious background on coaching leadership styles, (b) investigating the training, hiring, and evaluation of coaches and officials in collegiate and professional sports settings, and (c) the sociology of coaching.

Wilson currently serves as an instructor for undergraduate courses in the Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies Department as a Graduate Teaching Associate. With an B.A. in English, a M.S. in Sport Management, eighteen years of experience coaching, and thirteen years of experience teaching in classrooms of widely differing socioeconomic status and demographic makeup, Wilson feels comfortable in a wide variety of subject matter and situations.

Wilson also is committed to service at his institution and in his community. At the University of Tennessee Wilson was just named to the Graduate Student Senate, has served as Event Coordinator of the Graduate Student Advisory Board, serves on the Partners in Sports Board (a student organization for sport management majors), and served on the Physical Activity Director Program Director Search Committee. At the secondary level Wilson has served as both chair and member of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) committees, created a Leadership Academy for all athletes, and served on school-wide committees like the Writing Across the Curriculum and the Student Leadership committee.

In the community, Wilson has both created and participated in numerous service activities including fundraisers, food and clothes distributions to the needy, volunteered with the Special Olympics, and served as a small group leader in his church.

Wilson also has extensive small business and social entrepreneurship experience as the co-founder of the MVP Basketball Academy, LLC (Motivating Valuable People) and founder of Back to Basics Sports, LLC. MVP Basketball Academy raised money for the V Foundation for Cancer Research, partnered with the Boys & Girls club to send underprivileged kids to camps free of charge in five locations in two states. Back to Basics Sports, LLC’s mission is “providing innovative and inspirational sports and leadership events, products, and services.” One current venture is the Coaching Basketball Wisely podcast featuring professional, collegiate, and international coaches that has had over 25,0000 downloads in nearly 90 countries since its launch in late 2011.