UNC Hires Williams as Asst. FB Coach

University of North Carolina head coach Butch Davis has named Charlie Williams as an offensive assistant coach. Williams, who coached wide receivers with Davis at the University of Miami, was most recently the wide receivers coach at Arizona from 2004-06.

A 22-year coaching veteran, Williams spent six seasons as receivers coach with Tony Dungy and the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996-2001, 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 franchise offensive records, and the team advanced to the playoffs four times during his tenure.

"Charlie brings a wealth of experience in the collegiate and professional ranks to North Carolina," says Davis. "He has the proven ability to recruit and develop outstanding football players and has mentored some of the top receivers in the NFL. I think he will be a great addition to our staff."

Prior to his NFL stint, Williams was wide receivers coach for three seasons at Miami, two under Dennis Erickson and one under Davis.

"To have the opportunity to work again with Coach Davis and build a championship program at North Carolina is a fantastic opportunity," said Williams. "I look forward to the challenge of recruiting and coaching in the ACC. Carolina is an institution of great academic integrity and has a tradition of athletic success. My family and I are excited about coming to Chapel Hill."

At Arizona, Williams developed Syndric Steptoe into a big-play threat. Steptoe was the Wildcats' leading receiver in 2006 with 55 receptions for 568 yards. Mike Williams, Arizona's second-leading receiver last year with 50 catches, set the freshman school record with 52 receptions in 2005.

Williams also coached one season for Lou Holtz at South Carolina in 2003, where he helped develop Troy Williamson into a 2005 first-round NFL draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings.

In 1993 and 1994, Williams coached Chris T. Jones, who led the Hurricanes in receiving both years and had a total of 90 catches for 1,462 yards. The 1993 Hurricanes (9-3) played Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl and Jones led Miami with six catches for 98 yards.

Williams was part off the 1994 Miami staff that led the Canes to a 10-2 finish and played Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.

A native of Long Beach, Calif., Williams began his coaching career at Long Beach City College in 1984. He worked two years at New Mexico State (1986-87), four seasons at TCU (1988-91) and one year at Minnesota (1992) before joining the Miami program.

Williams, 48, played two years as a defensive back at Colorado State (1978-79). He and his wife Lisa, have two daughters, Sydney and Jada, and a son, Gregory.


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