Dec. 21, 2001
BERKELEY - Completing his new coaching staff for the 2002 season, Cal head football coach Jeff Tedford today announced the hiring of Fresno State's J.D. Williams as defensive secondary coach.
Williams, 34, is a former NFL first-round draft choice who played in four Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills and has served as defensive secondary coach in Fresno for the past two seasons. During that period, the Bulldogs have posted an 18-7 record and earned back-to-back berths in the Silicon Valley Bowl in San Jose.
"J.D. Williams has experienced success at the highest level this sport has to offer and he's clearly regarded as one of the best secondary coaches in the country," said Tedford. "He will make an immediate impact on our defensive backs next year."
Williams will be entering his sixth year as a college coach. This past season, the Fresno State defense ranked first in scoring defense (23.1 ppg) and rushing defense (109.8) among Western Athletic Conference schools, second in total defense (365.5 ypg), and forced a league-high 36 turnovers. In addition, the 11-2 Bulldogs led the WAC in sacks (47) and red zone defense (57.9%), as Williams played a major role in developing star defensive backs Vernon Fox (two-time All-WAC first team) and Devon Banks (All-WAC second team in 2001).
In his first season as Fresno State's secondary coach, the 2000 Bulldogs posted a 6-2 mark in the WAC (7-5 overall), and Williams produced an All-WAC second team choice in defensive back Dante Marsh. Williams began his coaching career as a graduate assistant on head coach Pat Hill's inaugural staff at Fresno State in 1997. The following year, he accepted a full-time post as defensive back coach at Cal Poly SLO. Williams then spent one season as secondary coach at nearby San Jose State in 1999, before returning to Fresno the next year.
A native of Coalinga in central California, Williams emerged as one of the finest athletes ever to attend Fresno State. A two-time All-Big West Conference selection and second team All-America (The Sporting News) at cornerback as a senior, he became the Bulldogs' first player ever chosen in the first round of the NFL draft. Williams was picked 16th overall in the 1990 draft by Buffalo, and went on to earn NFL All-Rookie team accolades and play in four Super Bowls with the Bills. He later played professionally for the Arizona Cardinals (1994), Carolina Panthers (1995) and 49ers (1996).
While at Fresno State, Williams set a school record for blocked kicks in a season (six) and career (nine), and was named Defensive MVP of the 1990 East-West Shrine All-Star Game. Also an elite track and field athlete, he won the 1986 Pacific Coast Athletic Association triple jump title (52-11) and ran a leg on the conference championship 400-meter relay team that set the school record at 40.18.
With the hiring of Williams, Tedford has filled all nine assistant coaching positions on his staff. The other staff members are: Bob Gregory (Defensive Coordinator), George Cortez (Offensive Coordinator), Bob Foster (Linebackers), Ron Gould (Running Backs), Ken Delgado (Defensive Line), Jim Michalczik (Offensive Line), Eric Kiesau (Wide Receivers) and Dave Ungerer (Special Teams/Tight Ends).