Wilson had been coordinator at HU for one year, and was chosen from among a list of four finalists to take over the program at the Pirates' MEAC rival.
"I think it's a tribute to the kind of program we have here that he was asked to be a candidate," Rose said. "When he called and told me, I said, 'I wish you the best.' I think he did a good job for us."
Rose said that he is likely to promote from within the staff to replace Wilson as coordinator. He said that he will hire someone to replace Wilson as wide receivers' coach, perhaps as soon as next week.
Rose acknowledged that June is a bit late to replace a coordinator, but didn't begrudge Wilson the opportunity.
"You play the hand that's dealt you," he said. "In the future, it's not something I want to continue to go through, but losing one person doesn't stop the whole show."
Rose said that he wants to keep the concepts in place of Wilson's Air Raid system, without limiting the new coordinator's ideas.
"We've had a season and a spring to implement it," Rose said, "and I think the kids have done a good job with it. I want to keep as much continuity as possible."
Wilson wasn't able to fully implement his pass-first system last season due to injuries, youth and inconsistency at quarterback, along with the emergence of all-conference back Jeremiah Schwartz. The Pirates finished 3-7, their worst record as a Division I program.
Wilson takes over for Steve Davenport, who was fired after just two years and consecutive 1-10 seasons. Wilson becomes Savannah State's seventh head coach since 2002. The program has struggled since joining Division I, going 15-89 over the past decade.