Jimmy Williams, a former Nebraska great who spent 12 seasons in the NFL, is now in his second season on the coaching staff at UAB. Williams will serve as assistant head coach and coach the Blazers' inside linebackers.
Last season, Williams coached the UAB defensive line.
Prior to coming to UAB, Williams was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at the University of Buffalo, where he spent three seasons. Williams' college coaching career includes stints at Mid-American Conference member Toledo as well as Grand Valley State and his alma mater.
In 2007 while at Buffalo, Williams mentored a pair of linebackers (Kareem Byrom and Larry Hutchinson) to All-MAC honors. Overall, the Bulls had four defensive players selected to All-MAC teams in 2007.
During his tenure as a college coach, Williams' teams have seen great success, including a MAC Championship game berth at Toledo in 2002, a trip to the Division II national championship game at Grand Valley State in 2001 and a bowl win at Nebraska in 2003. Williams also served an internship with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2004.
Williams was one of the greatest defensive players in Nebraska history after walking on to the team from Washington, D.C.
A first-team All-American at Nebraska as a defensive end, Williams was chosen in the first round (15th overall) of the 1982 draft and played nine seasons with the Detroit Lions (1982-90), one with Minnesota and his final two with Tampa Bay in 1992-93. He was twice named the Lions' team MVP in 1984 and 1987.
After his playing career ended, Williams coached at Pontiac Northern High School in Michigan, serving as defensive coordinator and was head coach at Pontiac Central HS for the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
Williams earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from William Tyndale College in Michigan in 1999 while he was coaching in the high school ranks.
He and his wife Crystal are the parents of six children (Brittney, Nia, Faith, Joy, Janell and Jimmy).