Third Year at Arizona
22 Years in Coaching
* Coached Mike Thomas to a freshman school-record 52 catches in 2005
* Helped UA’s Syndric Steptoe emerge as a big-play perimeter threat, improving from nine catches the year before to 30 in 2004 and 37 in 2005
* Helped develop receiver Troy Williams, 2005 first-round NFL draft pick by Minnesota
?* Spent six seasons as receivers coach with the National Football League’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996 to 2001, tutoring standout performers such as Keyshawn Johnson, Reidel Anthony and Jacquez Green. Johnson was chosen to play in three Pro Bowls while Williams was his position coach.
?* The 2000 and 2001 Tampa Bay offense set several club offensive records, and during his tenure, the team advanced to the playoffs four times.
?* Williams was wide receivers coach at Miami for three years before his NFL stint, two under Dennis Erickson and one under Butch Davis.
?* In 1993 and 1994, Williams coached receiver Chris T. Jones, who led the Hurricanes both years and had a total of 90 catches for 1,462 yards. The 1993 ?'Canes (9-3) fell victim to Arizona in the 1994 Fiesta Bowl, 29-0, with Jones as the only bright spot for Miami with six catches for 98 yards.
?* Part of the 1994 Miami staff that led the Canes to a 10-2 finish and played Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.
?* Played two years of football as a defensive back at Colorado State.
Williams enters his second season on the Arizona staff and brings experience coaching high-caliber players at both the major college and professional ranks. His second group of Wildcats should be a team strong point after a year of indoctrination for the corps.
Williams coaches wide receivers and has a solid background working with the position.
Williams, 48, also adds some Western ties to the staff, having prepped and coached in the greater Los Angeles area and played college ball at Colorado State. He joined Mike Stoops’ first UA staff after a year in 2003 as receivers coach at the University of South Carolina under coach Lou Holtz.
Williams’ Coaching history
1984 Long Beach City College, assistant
1985 Long Beach City College, assistant
1986 New Mexico State, assistant
1987 New Mexico State, assistant
1988 Texas Christian, assistant
1989 Texas Christian, assistant
1990 Texas Christian, assistant
1991 Texas Christian, assistant
1992 Minnesota, receivers coach
1993 University of Miami, receivers coach
1994 University of Miami, receivers coach
1995 University of Miami, receivers coach
1996 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, receivers coach
1997 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, receivers coach
1998 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, receivers coach
1999 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, receivers coach
2000 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, receivers coach
2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, receivers coach
2003 University of South Carolina, receivers coach
2004 Arizona, Wide Receivers coach
2005 Arizona, Wide Receivers coach
Williams in bowl games
1993 Fiesta Bowl Miami receivers coach
1994 Orange Bowl Miami receivers coach
1997 NFL Divisional playoff Tampa Bay receivers coach
1999 NFC Championship game Tampa Bay receivers coach
2000 NFC Wild Card game Tampa Bay receivers coach
2001 NFC Wild Card game Tampa Bay receivers coach
The Williams File
Birthdate: January 31, 1958
High School: Long Beach, Calif., Poly High School
College: Colorado State, 1982
Playing Experience: Colorado State, defensive back, 1978-79
Family: Daughters Sydney and Jada; son Gregory; wife Lisa
Recruiting Areas: Los Angeles Valley, Bakersfield, Long Beach