Stoops hires three for staff

Arizona coach Mike Stoops announced the third and fourth assistant coaches on his staff. Charlie Williams and Tim Kish will join Stoops, brother Mark and Eric Wolford. Williams coached at South Carolina, while Kish served at Indiana. Stoops also announced a new director of football operations

Williams will coach the running backs after guiding the receivers for the Gamecocks this past season. Kish is slated to coach the defensive line.

"Charlie and Tim have a lot of football experience, are able to build great relationships with kids and are very enthusiastic," Stoops said. "Their energy makes them outstanding recruiters. I'm really happy to get them on board our new program."

Williams spent last season coaching under Lou Holtz at South Carolina. Prior to that he coached receivers with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the University of Miami.

He also coached at Minnesota, Texas Christian, New Mexico State and Long Beach City College. He played defensive back at Colorado State. Williams attended high school at Long Beach Poly, a school that routinely produces 5-10 Division I prospects.

"Charlie Williams is an experienced and accomplished football coach at both the NFL and major college levels," said Gamecocks' coach Lou Holtz last season. "He has coached and developed a number of big-play and big-time receivers."

In addition to Holtz, Williams has worked with coaches like Tony Dungy, Monte Kiffin, Larry Coker and Butch Davis.

Kish, 49, has extensive ties to the Big Ten and the Midwest. He was defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Indiana and was also a defensive coordinator at Ohio and Illinois, while serving as a defensive assistant with Northwestern, Army, Ball State, Purdue and Bowling Green.

Kish has coached in eight bowl games, including a Rose Bowl with Northwestern. Kish played both football and basketball at Otterbein College. He earned his bachelor's degree from there in 1976 and later went on to earn a master's in education from Bowling Green State in 1978.

Stoops reached back to his Kansas State roots by hiring Erick Harper as director of football operations. He was compliance director at Kansas State for the past seven years. Stoops and Harper were at Kansas State at the same time. He worked in marketing and promotions before becoming a compliance auditor and assistant athletic director.

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