|Livingstone names Williams full-time coach|
|Blue Bears competitive despite 2-7 record|
|Published Tuesday, November 5, 2013 6:12 am|
Livingstone has taken the interim tag from football coach Daryl Williams’ title.
President Jimmy Jenkins announced on Monday Williams will be the program’s full-time coach after leading the Blue Bears to a 2-7 record with a game remaining. Williams, who joined the Blue Bears staff in 2012 as offensive coordinator, had been interim coach since the start of the 2013 season.
“We have had an opportunity to observe coach Williams as offensive coordinator and as interim head coach, and we have been thoroughly impressed with his integrity and his focus on the development of student-athletes,” Jenkins said. “The performance of the football team this season, under his leadership as interim coach, has been admirable in spite of what the win-loss record suggests. To support his continued momentum, we believe it both appropriate and necessary to remove the questionable status of interim head coach. With the interim status removed, we are reassuring his current players and those that he might recruit, that we are confident in his abilities and he will be their coach next year. ”
Under Williams, Livingstone beat Edwards Waters and Lincoln in consecutive weeks and three losses were by a touchdown or less. Last week, Livingstone lost to Fayetteville State 34-31 when the Broncos converted a Blue Bears fumble into the go-ahead score with 3 minutes, 52 seconds left.
“I’m very excited and grateful that Dr. Jenkins and Athletic Director Andre Springs had enough faith and confidence in the process and program I’m establishing here to name me the head football coach,” Williams said. “Knowing I’m going to be the head coach moving forward helps with the players we have now and also makes a huge difference with respect to recruiting, the lifeline of any collegiate program. It also lets the coaches know that we’re going to be here to help elevate Livingstone College football.”
Said Springs: “Coach Williams has shown he can lead the team in the right direction, and he demonstrates great leadership. Last year he did a great job as the offensive coordinator, and that’s why we gave him the opportunity to serve as interim head coach. This season he brought in a good coaching staff that gave great balance to the team and the program. His efforts have shown promise and an ability to get our program to the next level.”
Before joining the Livingstone staff in 2012, Williams was the associate head coach and quarterbacks coach at Texas Southern from 2007-11. In 2010, he helped guide Texas Southern to a SWAC championship.
From 2001-07, Williams played an instrumental role in Alabama State’s football program, where he served as the co-offensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator and director of football operations. During Williams’ tenure at ASU, he helped lead the Hornets to a SWAC championship in 2004 and SWAC Eastern Division championships in 2001, 2003 and 2004.
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