February 23, 2021
STILL WATER – Former Oklahoma state soccer player Ralph Wilson died Saturday aged 73 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Wilson, who was on the cowboy soccer team from 1966 to 1969, served OSU soccer as part of the chain team at home games for 26 years.
Wilson was born on November 28, 1947 in Alva, Oklahoma. He grew up in Waynoka, Oklahoma, and was the first all-state player to leave town when he received a scholarship to the OSU.
As part of the cowboy soccer program, Wilson played for coach Phil Cutchin and coach Floyd Gass. In his Stillwater career, Wilson played both offensive and defensive endings. He was part of the Cowboy soccer teams that recorded 16 wins, including a 10-7 win at Colorado No. 3 in 1967, a 21-17 win at Houston No. 11 in 1968, and a 28:19 homecoming win against No. 15 Kansas State in 1969.
Wilson earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from OSU and spent the remainder of his teaching and coaching career in Cushing, Oklahoma.
During his career in Cushing, Wilson coached soccer, wrestling and golf for boys and girls. He became known across the state for his successful golf teams, as his boys ‘teams were combined for 17 regional championships and four state championships and his girls’ teams for eight regional championships and five state championships. He coached 24 all-state golfers, was named Oklahoma Boys Golf Coach of the Year in 1991, Oklahoma Girls Golf Coach of the Year in 1995, and inducted into the Cushing High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017.
In addition to his professional success, Wilson was loved by his students, sang in the First Baptist Church choir, hunted rattlesnakes, and accompanied his wife Debbie to high school dances.
A life ministry celebration will be held at FBC Cushing on Saturday, February 27th at 10 a.m.