June 16, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss football coach Todd Monken has announced the hiring of Jon Williams as Assistant Head Coach/Director of Player Personnel for the Golden Eagle program.
"We are pleased to have Jon join our staff," said Monken. "He comes to us from a quality junior college program and we look forward to him directing our efforts in bringing in future Golden Eagles as well as mentoring our current players." Williams comes to Southern Miss after working as the head coach at Itawamba Community College (Fulton, Miss.) for the last four seasons.
"The opportunity to work at the FBS level and a program with such a rich tradition was too good to pass up," said Williams. "I am excited to be a small part of assisting the current staff at Southern Miss. I believe in Todd (Monken) and his vision for where the program needs to be and his plan to follow in order to get there."
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.
Last season, 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.
Williams 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.
Williams replaces Steve Buckley, who stepped down after two seasons to pursue a private business venture.
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