Jan. 24, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio head coach Frank Solich announced Tuesday that former New Mexico State defensive line coach Jesse Williams has joined the Bobcat Football staff as the program's defensive line coach.
Williams replaces former Ohio assistant Pete Germano, who was named an assistant coach under former Bobcat defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter at Frenso State.
"We are very excited have Jesse join our coaching staff," Solich said. "He is an outstanding coach, who understands our defense and is familiar with our staff. He brings a tremendous amount of experience and he will be a great asset to our program."
This past season, Williams' defensive scheme led to 18 sacks while the Aggies' defense ranked second among Western Athletic Conference teams in Red Zone defense.
"My family and I are so excited such to come to Ohio and work under such a quality head coach like Frank Solich," Williams said. "There is no better time than now to come be apart of the Ohio football program."
During his second year at New Mexico State in 2010, Williams oversaw a defensive line that accounted for 213 tackles, seven sacks, 21 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
In 2009, Williams helped the defensive line account for 12 of the team's 21 sacks on the season. He coached defensive linemen Donte Savage and Pierre Fils to outstanding seasons. Fils tallied a team-high seven sacks on the season, the most by an Aggie player since 1992. Fils was also ranked No. 4 in the conference in sacks per game. Savage was second on the team in sacks with six, ranking No. 6 in the league in tackles for a loss.
Prior to making the move to Las Cruces, Williams spent one year at Nebraska-Kearney as its defensive line coach.
Williams help guide the UNK defense to 38 sacks on the season, while holding opponents to 292 yards of total offense a game.
A college assistant the past 20 years, all on the defensive side of the ball, Williams has also served as special teams coach on several occasions.
Prior to UNK, the Sonoma State (Calif.) graduate was defensive line and ends coach at Colorado State.
Under the direction of head coach Sonny Lubick, Williams helped the Rams become one of the top teams in the Mountain West Conference during his tenure (1999-07) in Fort Collins. Williams coached several standouts while at CSU, including ends Clark Haggans (now with the Arizona Cardinals), Andre Sommersell (1994 NFL draft pick) and Peter Hogan (Outland Trophy candidate).
Prior to CSU, Williams spent time at San Jose State, Eastern Washington (1995-96), Holy Cross (1996-98) and Portland State (1992-95) and Sonoma (1988-92).
Williams and his wife Felicia, have three children, Jessien, Trae and A.J.