Aric Williams has been hired as the head football coach at Willamette University and will begin his duties immediately. Williams, who played cornerback at Oregon State University and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles, has been an assistant coach at several NCAA Division I universities, and was most recently the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the past two seasons at Montana Tech.
"I saw the opportunity to be part of a prestigious and high academic university, and being able to lead young men that understand the importance of doing well in the classroom, but also have a passion to play a sport that demands a lot of you," Williams said about his interest in coaching at Willamette. "Another thing that interested me was the location. I am a huge fan of the beautiful state of Oregon and the location of Salem. What a great place, with its proximity to Portland as well as the coast. It's definitely a place where I can recruit quality student athletes to come and compete."
He is starting his first head coaching job as he joins the Bearcats this offseason.
"I am thrilled for this opportunity," Williams commented. "I'm especially thrilled that I get this opportunity at such an amazing university. I have been preparing for this for 15 years. I am chomping at the bit to get started."