After two seasons as the defensive line coach on Chris Creighton’s staff for Eastern Michigan, it’s been reported by FootballScoop.com that Jimmy Williams has accepted a job at Western Michigan University as the defensive line coach.
Williams will be joining P.J. Fleck’s staff after a trio of coaches would leave for other positions. Former defensive line coach Vinson Reynolds accepted a job at Syracuse under former Bowling Green State University head coach Dino Babers.
Williams becomes the second coach in three years to leave EMU for WMU, as former running back coach and University of Michigan RB Mike Hart accepted a job with WMU at the beginning of Creighton’s tenure in 2013. Hart has now been named the new running backs coach at Syracuse.
Eastern Michigan recently fired former defensive coordinator Brad McCaslin, looking for a change in leadership defensively. EMU is expected to hire University of Texas-San Antonio’s defensive coordinator, Neal Neathery.
Williams played linebacker at the University of Nebraska and was a first round draft pick in 1982 by the Detroit Lions. He later played for the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Williams came to EMU from the University of Alabama at Birmingham serving as an assistant head coach. He had also previously coached at the University of Buffalo, Nebraska, Toledo and Grand Valley State.