A veteran of 27 years of college coaching, Gerard Wilcher is in his first year of coaching the Rice cornerbacks.
Wilcher comes to Rice from Delaware State where he served the past two years as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach after one season in a similar capacity at Division II Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa. While at Seton Hill, Wilcher's sparked the Griffins to a victory over conference champion and nationally-ranked Slippery Rock.
Prior to his tenure at Seton Hill, Wilcher served 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Lehigh University, where he was the defensive backs coach as well as co-defensive coordinator in last two seasons, helping guide the Mountain Hawks to a 26-7 record over those two years.
Wilcher coached 24 All-Patriot League performers at Lehigh and his defenses collected a total of 126 interceptions. Wilcher recruited future NFL third round pick Will Rackley (Jaguars, 2011) to Lehigh as well as Lee Kurfis, who in 2013 set the school's all-time single-season receiving record and was invited to the Dallas Cowboys training Camp.
He coached defensive backs at Cornell for three season, including 2003, when he helped guide the Big Red to the No. 1 Ivy League ranking in pass efficiency defense.
Prior to coaching at Cornell, Wilcher served four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts, where he helped lead the Minutemen to the 1998 Division I-AA National Championship, as well as another appearance in the national quarterfinals.
In 2007, Wilcher was selected as one of 26 coaches across the country to participate in the NCAA Expert Coaches Academy in Miami, Fla., where he participated in workshops focusing on such topics as communication, academic success, and building a successful football program. He has also interned for several NFL teams during training camp, most recently with the Denver Broncos prior to their winning Super Bowl 50.
A four-year football letter winner at Morehouse College football team, Wilcher earned a bachelor's in Business Administration from the school in 1992.
Wilcher and wife Ayanna are parents to three children. A son, Xavier who will graduate from Delaware State in May with a degree in Business information systems and will be working for KPMG, and daughters Jalen, who plays softball at Delaware State, and Jehlani, who plays softball in high school.