Larry Williams begins his first season on the Wolfpack coaching staff as defensive coordinator. He spent last year on Coach Buddy Stephens’ staff at East Mississippi primarily working with the Lions’ defensive linemen. Prior to his stint at East Mississippi, Williams served as the defensive coordinator at Hinds Community College for seven years.
During Williams’ prior seven-year stint at Hinds, the Eagles consistently ranked among the top half of the MACJC South Division’s team statistical leaders in total defense. In Williams’ first two seasons at Hinds, the Eagles posted back-to-back 9-2 campaigns that were highlighted by successive state runner-up finishes to Pearl River in 2003 and 2004. Most recently, he joined his fellow Hinds football coaches in guiding the MACJC South All-Stars this past year.
A former standout at Mississippi Delta Community College and Mississippi State University, Williams returned to MDCC to begin his coaching career for a six-year stint. He served as the Trojans’ defensive coordinator and defensive line coach from 1997 until 2002. Williams helped guide Delta to a pair of state runner-up finishes (2001 & 1997) and a state semifinal appearance in 2000.
A graduate of Indianola Gentry High School, Williams capped a successful two-year playing stint at Mississippi Delta by helping lead the undefeated Trojans to the 1993 NJCAA Championship and garnering second-team NJCAA All-America honors. He continued his playing career as a defensive end under former head coach Jackie Sherrill at Mississippi State. With 12.5 career sacks to his credit, Williams led the Bulldogs in sacks both seasons (1994, 1995). His junior campaign was highlighted by being selected as MSU’s Defensive Most Valuable Player in the Peach Bowl after bring credited with a sack as well as a forced fumble and fumble recovery against North Carolina State.
Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Mississippi State. He spent a couple of years in the professional ranks with the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and the Scotland Claymores of the World Football League before entering the coaching profession. Williams has also completed additional study toward a master’s degree in education from Delta State University.
A member of the American Football Coaches Association, Mississippi Association of Coaches and Black Football Coaches Association, Williams has one daughter, Annastasis.
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