Monday, January 05, 2009

Williams is the pick

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive assistant Tom Williams has accepted Yale's head football coach job according to a source familiar with the search.

The 39-year-old Williams, who will be officially announced as the Bulldogs' coach at a 2 p.m. press conference Wednesday at the Ray Tompkins House, is the first black head coach in Yale football history.

Williams has never been a head coach but has 11 years of college coaching experience including stops at Hawaii, Washington, Stanford and San Jose State.
Williams has spent the last two seasons as a defensive assistant with the Jaguars.
Williams will replace Jack Siedlecki, who retired after 12 seasons to accept a job as an assistant athletic director at Yale.

Williams was a darkhorse candidate when he came on his first interview last month as UMass head coach and former Yale assistant coach Don Brown, Holy Cross head coach Tom Gilmore and Florida assistant coach Steve Addazio, a former head coach at Cheshire High, were all strong candidates. Brown was recommended for the job but source indicate that talks broke down during the contract stage. Addazio then moved to the top of the wish list but he took his name out of the running when he was appointed the offensive coordinator at Florida.

Williams recently came back to Yale for a second interview. Attempts to reach Williams for comment through the Jaguars on Sunday and Monday were not successful.

The timing for the announcement is key as Yale will be hosting a significant number of recruits in the next two weekends.

For those who are looking for a little background on Williams, here is his bio on the Jaguars official site.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugh. I hope this works out, but an odd pick, to say the least.

4:08 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a blow. Such high hopes then you end up with this.

Now you have to wonder if this new coach is any upgrade from Jack. Jack was successful at Yale, and even coming to Yale, had experience recruiting Yale type kids in the NesCAc. This guy has really no relevant experience.

Yale really dropped the ball on this one. Now you know why Yale is not Harvard or Princeton.

11:42 AM 

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