Robert C. "Bobby" Wilson graduated from Baldwin County High School in Bay Minette, Alabama where he was a standout on the football field. He also played football at the University of Alabama on a scholarship from 1948-1952. Wilson served as the Captain of the 1952 Orange Bowl team.
After college, Wilson served two years in the Army at Ft. Stewart, GA, and Fort McPherson, CA.
Wilson began his career in Boca Ciega, Florida. He coached football 14 years, one year at St. Petersburg, Florida, and 13 years at Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery. His teams won six State Championships, including 3 consecutive (1966-67-68).
Bobby Wilson established a legacy of excellence at Sidney Lanier during a 13-year span (1959-69) that will not soon be matched in Alabama high school football. His teams won six state championships, 1957, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1967 and 1968.
The 1957 team finished 8-0-1 and were named State Champions by the Montgomery Advertiser. The three in a row were Class 6A championships during the first three seasons of the new AHSAA playoff system.
The Poets also won several state titles in other sports during Wilson's eight year tenure as athletic director, including football, basketball and track in 1996-97.
He played in the inaugural Alabama North-South All-Star football game in 1948 and was the South head coach in the 1962 game. Wilson's overall record in twelve seasons (1957-68) as the head football coach at Lanier is 92-24-6. His teams went a perfect 6-0 in the state playoffs.
Wilson was inducted into the Baldwin County High School Hall of Fame, the Montgomery Area Hall of Fame, and the Alabama High School Athletic Association Sports Hall of Fame. Coach Wilson, 75, died Monday, June 6, 2005.