During Jon Williams first year as assistant head coach/director of player personnel for the Golden Eagle program, he literally beat the bushes trying to find the best available players that will fit to the Southern Miss program.
Williams logged many miles during the 2014 year that included visits to many high schools and junior colleges around the nation and culminated in one of the better Golden Eagle recruiting classes in the last few years.
In year two, Williams will continue in that role, but will return to field overseeing the tight ends this season. Williams came to Southern Miss after working as the head coach at Itawamba Community College (Fulton, Miss.) for four seasons (2009-13).
Williams spent a total of seven seasons at ICC, serving as an assistant coach for three years before being elevated to the head coaching position there. He had a career record of 21-16 with three runner-up finishes in the MACJC North Division and one playoff appearance.
In 2013, Williams led the Indians to their first 5-0 start in school history and the program's highest ranking ever at No. 4 in the NJCAA poll.
He was named the 10th head football coach at ICC in 2009 after spending three seasons as the Indians' offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.
The Panama City, Fla., native was the head coach for one season at Locust Fork High School in Alabama just prior to working at ICC. Before that, Williams spent six seasons at Mississippi College, where he served as offensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator and the head strength and conditioning coach.
Williams, a 1996 graduate of Wingate University, has also been on staffs at Wayne County High School, Simpson High School and East Central Community College.